Your Dreams Fuel My Writing
Growing up, I had a surly dark muse, and knew I’d better obey her. Writing on school walls and textbooks, I got in trouble, but I kept writing on every surface available. I saw myself as “creative,” as a writer-in-training. Principals and teachers called me “troubled child.”
As a student at Wilmington College, I learned how to French braid my hair and dissect Will Shakespeare’s sonnets. Later as a grad student at Wright State, I wrote my own poetry for Nexus and Chimera and, as a graduate teaching assistant, taught freshman Comp and grammar. Afterward, since I had to write—had to—I became a technical writer, and my experience with software fueled drafts of many science fiction and fantasy novels that are, yep, you guessed, all stashed away in fat filing cabinet drawers. Will I finish them, publish them? You bet.
Continuing to obey my fractious muse, I began transitioning to my dream career as a fulltime fiction writer. I switched from technical writing to teaching English at Southern State Community College. While there, I drafted Vengeance Is Mine: the Profiler’s Passion. First in my Profiler Series, Vengeance (coming 2015) is a romantic suspense, which won third in the Golden Pen contest. Think I wasn’t doin’ the happy dance? Oh, yeah! Download your free sneak peek!
Today, I write fulltime. At my muse’s strict urging, I’ve become chief architect of my life and dreams, and mistress of Mucky Manor, my tree farm in southern Ohio. At “Mucky,” I grow hardwoods, organic veggies and culinary and medicinal herbs. Because I live in the middle of Brush Creek State Forest, and I love every creature that crawls, swims, flies, clucks or barks, I also care for the strays who wander in or who get tossed out, including a pretty blueberries ‘n cream colored Spaniel named “Gypsy.”
Most of all, Mucky is my creative space, where I devotedly serve my muse by writing fulltime. I invite you to share your dreams—and fears—by telling me which stories you want to read. My writing, you see, must happen.