Since learning how to write, I knew I wanted write…and write, and write, and write! As a child, I fell in love with the beauty of cursive. I liked my mother’s handwriting, and often attempted to trace it. I didn’t know it then, but I was searching for my own style. Often studying other handwriting styles of my young peers, I had a fickle love affair with the cursive art. My lettering style-crushes changed almost daily! I loved all the different loops and curves of every letter in the alphabet, and yes, I went through that normal-teenage-girl-phase of dotting my “i’s” with hearts.
At the age 5, I started writing short stories and poetry.
As a teenager, my passions grew into fiction books, and reading an abundance of them. I weirdly loved the paper-smell of our local library with its immediate cocoon embrace of quiet and “whoosh” sound of rickety air conditioning on hot nothing-else-to-do July days. The background drifting hum and”phffft” sounds at the reference desk photocopier were reassuring serenity to my soul. At the library, literature is truly never lost. Pages and pages of created worlds have their safe place at the library. At the library, authors always have a place to be “heard” and to become known.
I was (and still am) a book junkie, so the library was where I could truly be myself, a fiction nerd. At the time, my favorite reads of the day were books (now iconic classics) written by Judy Blume and Francine Pascal. If I really liked a book, I would often read it several times before returning it to the library! Library late fees were (and kinda still are) my thing. Oddly, I don’t have many books on Kindle because I also have this other weird addiction to the smell of pages in books.
Especially interested in current adolescent issues, I created my own young adult book series entitled “The Fire in Grace.” “The Fire in Grace” slowly evolved into a recovery series for young adults who struggle with Bipolar Disorder Syndrome, an illness I’ve battled for years. Of course, with God on my side, I became a victor with a beautiful story where others like me can relate.