I was born and raised as the youngest of seven children in a small suburb of Massachusetts. Gifted with a sharp imagination, as a teenager I soon discovered Stephen King and realized that the dark within me had an out through writing.
During my teens and twenties, I turned my hand at poetry. My poems were dark but were received well by certain media and several pieces were published.
Eventually I married and had children, a boy and a girl, who became my life source. The darkness left my world as I threw myself into motherhood, and for the next twenty years I reveled in that world. But my children, as most all children do, left our home to start their own life’s journey.
And so I retreated inside myself once again, but this time I reached for pen and paper and began writing stories instead of poems. Over the years I continued to write, nothing substantial at first, and then three years ago I embarked on a new journey of my own and wrote my first novel, The Consequential Element.
I’ve recently finished my second novel, Mists of Bayou Rhyne, which is to be released March of 2015, and I have begun work on a psychological thriller sure to chill your bones.
Writing, in its way, is a sort of meditation, I believe. You have to keep at it, day after day, even when it seems nothing good will come of it. Perhaps especially then.
One question that is often asked of me is where I get my writing inspirations. They usually come after conversations with friends, family, and strangers. If the subject stays with me long after its over, I eventually turn it into a story.
The Consequential Element, for instance, came about after having a conversation with a woman friend who had no idea of the situation between China’s monopoly on rare earth elements and the affects it is having on the security of the United States, as well as the ‘butterfly effect’ throughout the world. Around this same time, I met a woman from the Congo who was an actual survivor of a rebel raid on her village. We talked at great lengths about her capture, survival, and eventual escape. She is an amazing woman and the epitome of strength, courage, and faith. These subjects would not release me until I wrote them down. Hence, the evolution of my debut novel, The Consequential Element. To my delight, the book is doing well, receiving dozens of 4 and 5 star reviews. Check them out for yourself.
I’ve also recently completed my second novel, Mists of Bayou Rhyne, a Young Adult novel with paranormal influence, about a young girl of seventeen who must learn the heartache of loss, the bitter taste of acceptance, and the power of forgiveness. Read more about it here. This book is not yet out for sale. I anticipate, if all goes well, that it will be released in time for Christmas this year. Fingers crossed. The inspiration for Mists of Bayou Rhyne came about many years ago when I was in my early twenties. I didn’t know it then, but my experience in the dark, misty waters of the Mississippi bayou would stay with me for a lifetime. Though I wasn’t kidnapped as Cassandra Rhyne was in the story, I did experience a state of chilled fear; the sort that horror movies are made from. Once fear manifests itself in the mind, we are diminished to nothing more than helpless passengers. I survived my ride. You’ll have to read Mists of Bayou Rhyne to see if Cassandra was able to survive hers.
That brings me to my current work in progress – a psychological thriller. Sorry, but I can’t say much more than that, for the moment. You understand. But I will tell you that you will come away from it with a whole new take on psychopaths and how they affect your world.
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