I'm a crier. I always have been and I always will be. It must be a very powerful recessive gene on my mother's side. It's my way of coping with emotion: anger, frustration, sadness, happiness, love, hope, and inspiration. Hence there is a lot of emotion in my writing.
I lived in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. I lived there from freshmen year of high school through senior year of college. It's a beautiful, quaint town in America with its wooden store frontage signs, and gold fleck paint; small town America, where no one is a stranger. That all quickly changed in December of 2012. The tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook, Elementary School changed me forever. The devastation I felt was painful to my core and I had to write about it. It's a thread that continues through my first two books in my Bye For Now trilogy.
I love to laugh. A few years back my youngest son asked me how I chose my close group of friends. I said to him that if you are a good person at heart and you make me laugh, you'd be my friend forever.
My first book is autobiographical. Honestly, that first book was written about my travel, each summer, to visit with family in Northern Vermont. I added fictional characters and situations, but over all it's my life as a young girl, staying at my grandfathers cabin, and falling for my first love. I had to change the names to protect the innocent, of course.
I've always wanted to write a book. It's been a life long dream of mine since I was young. I remember, as a child, sitting and listening to my family at holiday meals or in the car or on the phone, thinking, these people are funny. Wouldn't it be fun to write about my life? Journaling and poetry were my mode of choice. In the early 90's, my dad and I talked about writing a book about Vermont, together, and that it would be published by the year 2000. Nothing happened until 2015 when I decided if it was going to get written I needed to write it myself. It felt like it needed to be a trilogy. Enter Sharisse Coulter.
I wrote my first book in two weeks. My dear friend, Sharisse Coulter and I were discussing writing one day a few years ago. She had written a book already and I was struggling to find a way to begin mine. She asked me on Facebook to try a 14-day writing challenge. This would require writing 5,000 words a day for 14 days straight. I had never written a book before and had no idea what it entailed. What that really means is I would write for 4 hours each day, but by day 14 I had 75,000 words and a freshly completed first draft. My first paper baby was born.
I wrote my second book in two months. While the first book just oozed out of every pore, after swirling around my brain for years, the second one took a bit longer. I had to get a little more creative in the second installment knowing that I still have one more to write. I had to make sure the storyline could continue into a third and final book. I'm excited to begin writing book three, and curious to see where the characters will take me.
Unknown forces fascinate me. I find people with psychic ability or people sensitive to other worldly things intriguing. I try to work bits of this fascination into my work.
I'm going to try my hand at Non-Fiction. After this trilogy is complete, I'm going to write a non-fiction book about twin boys that I met through a foster care program called Angels' Arms. They were taken from the U.S. to the Dominican Republic by their father and forced into child labor. It's a fascinating story that needs to be told.
Even Willows Weep is out now.