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Storytelling, in one form or another, has always been in my blood. I wrote my first book when I was ten, about a curious Martian who decided to visit Earth and ended up feeling like an 'alien.' He just didn't fit in. My next book was a children's story about an octopus with an identity crisis. He felt different from the other 'fish in the sea' and set off on a journey to find out how he fit in. It didn't occur to me at the time, but obviously I've always felt a little quirky and out of the normal loop of life.
It's not surprising that I gravitated toward a career in the arts. But rather than nurturing my writing, I pursued a career as a singer and set off on the road performing in hotel lounges and nightclubs six nights a week, fifty weeks (more or less) a year for eight years. During my travels, I met the love of my life (who is now my husband) and joined his band. We performed together for several years, settling in Atlantic City where he eventually left the stage to become a highly skilled audio/visual technician – a sensible job. I, on the other hand, morphed into a variety performer, working the casinos as a character actress, singer, dance motivator and emcee.
The desire to perform burned strong and sustained me for more than twenty five years before ebbing to a dull flicker. An artist without passion is a frightening thing (for the artist anyway).
Out of the blue I started reading romance novels and experienced an epiphany. This was what I was supposed to be doing! Writing love stories! That was in 1994 and I have never looked back.
The journey to becoming a published author was a challenge, but I honed my craft and persevered. Let me just say that the thick skin I developed as a performer proves advantageous to this day. Perseverance, dedication to craft, and networking in a wise and genuine manner helped me to achieve my publishing dream. I thank all those, and there have been many, who have guided and supported me along the way. A special shout out to those who were there in the beginning and continue to cheer me on. Many are multi-published authors or industry professionals and I remain in awe of their generosity.
When I’m not enjoying life with my wonderful husband, two fabulous dogs, and our crazy cat, I’m living my dream as a storyteller. I’m so very grateful to the readers, booksellers, and librarians who make that possible! The journey continues . . .