Everything you might want to know about me...and then some.
Ahh, the empty nest. Frankly I donít understand why some women take to their beds in misery when their last child moves out. Perhaps because their kids donít keep coming back the way mine did. But at last, my loving and supportive husband, Ralph and I have the whole house to ourselves, with the exception of two rescue dogs, Angel & Molly. Our three grandchildren live nearby so we donít have much time to ponder what our lives will be like when itís just the two of us. We travel as much as we can, spend much of our time working around the house and surround ourselves with family and friends.
As you probably know by now, Iíve lived all my life in southern Ohio. I was born the second of four girls; the quiet one in a noisy household. Funny how no one believes I was ever quiet and shy. The summer I turned five, my family moved to Hillsboro. While overflowing with material for a budding writer, Hillsboro was a great place to be a kid. I loved tearing through the neighborhood with my sisters and friends, especially my partner in crime, Dee Dee Woodmansee, who became a character in my book, The Ultimate Guide to Darcy Carter. Dee, my sisters, and I made up stories and adventures, and then acted them out in the back yards, alleys, and stores of our small town.
Even back then, I couldnít imagine doing anything besides writing. I would hide notebooks behind my textbooks and write stories during class. I remember walking down the hallways of my school scribbling furiously into a notebook and crashing into other students. They learned quickly to clear a path when they saw me coming. My first full length horror story, Summer of the Dead, was written when I was in the seventh grade. The only thing I remember about that first story was I killed off the heroine on the last page. I hated happy endings in those days.
My next book, Someone is Watching You, written during the years of eighth thru tenth grades, developed quite a cult following in my high school. In this story, the heroines, identical twin sisters Elaine and Eileen Straussman, shared an alter ego named Heather, who turned out the be the mastermind behind the carnage taking place in their small town.
Give me a break! I was fourteen. Whatíd you expect me to write about? Splitting the atom?
After high school my writing was pushed aside by the more pressing matters of raising a family. Iíve held several different jobs, including a stint for Uncle Sam, but nothing was more rewarding than the five years I taught at Noahís Ark Preschool in Waverly, Ohio. Preschoolers are my favorite people on the planet. The way their little minds see the world is one of Godís greatest joys. Now I teach the preschool Sunday school class at my church. What a blessing!
My agent Terry Burns is hard at work placing my latest two fiction works, a mystery concerning a possible vendetta against a squad of high school cheerleaders. (Who among us hasnít harbored one of those in our hearts?), and a romance about a young woman who canít stop running from her life. I have finished the first installment of a brand new contemporary mystery series finished and am looking forward to bringing it to you. I am currently working on another suspense.
Alas, so many book ideas, so little time. What a wonderful business. Imagine going to work everyday and finding something exciting and challenging awaiting you! Can you see why I feel so favored of the Lord to be doing what Iím doing.
Now that you know everything there is to know about me, I would love to hear from you. Please contact me at email@example.com I will do my best to respond in a timely fashion. Keep reading. Enjoy the books. Let me know what you think.
May the Lord richly bless you.