I am a business woman, a single mom, and an aspiring writer of nonsense and dreams. I hold a BA in English Literature and an MS in Psychology with a concentration in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. I have worked in the student travel industry for almost 20 years and enjoy working with students as they discover the world around them through travel, competition, and performance. While I love what I do, I have been a writer for as long as I can remember. Weaving stories, creating characters, and getting a reaction from those I have shared my work with excites me. It's with that excitement that I move on to the next chapter in my life and share my passion.
I love to learn and evolve. Change for me is not scary, it's an adventure. Emerson wrote, "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." I love those words. For me I believe the destination is not as important as the journey because it is the journey that helps to define who we are at the end. I write for myself for that very reason, but I also write for my daughter so that she might see my journey, which in turn, might inspire her on her own path. For her, I want there to always be magic, I want there to always be the belief that the impossible is just inspiration, and I want there to be respect for the darkness in this world because without it there can be no light. I have been a writer my entire life, but it is only now that I have been able to be who I want to be and write both truth and fairytale while knowing the difference between the two. I have realized the brilliance of Emerson's words, "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." I pause letting those words echo inside my head as my journey from my old life to my new life, as writer, unfolds.
The concept for Premonitions, my upcoming release, was hatched a little over 19 years ago, when I was told I would never be able to have children of my own. I took the name I was saving for my future daughter and used it to create the main character of the story I began outlining, thus creating Premonitions. As it sometimes happens, life kicked me and beat me down. As I sat licking my wounds, I began to question myself, and the outline got put in a drawer and soon buried. When, against all odds, I got pregnant with my daughter, it was all but forgotten because I had my Cassandra and she was better than any story. Fast forward 17 years. With my failed abusive marriage, single mom lifestyle caring for a small child, and working 60+ hours a week while trying to get a degree were all behind me, I felt like a part of me was missing. I had never really stopped writing, but my scratched down ideas and poetry were simple pleasures I reserved for the little time I had for myself. I thought that maybe what was missing was a new challenge. So I started digging, and at the bottom of a drawer rarely opened sat the outline of a story, created in honor of a child I thought I would never have. Putting my hand around it gave it a new chance at life, and as I wrote, the character, that had originally been created, evolved into something new and magical. Premonitions had finally found its way to the page. I have spent the last, almost 2 years, writing in the wee hours of the morning and in the moments between my day job and real life to finish it. The journey made me realize that dreams never really die, sometimes they are simply delayed for time, while life happens.
For me sharing my work is scary but necessary for my growth as a writer. I hope you enjoy my dreams and creations. They are not for everyone, but they are mine, and that they may bring someone else pleasure is inspiring.