I wrote "The Difference Now" (my first book of poetry) after years and years of destroying my writing. I’ll save you the long story, but suffice it to say I grew up in an alcoholic household and as a result perfected the art of self-sabotage. It took me until I was 30-years old to finally figure out my past and learn from it. Then, when I turned 31, my alcoholic father took his own life. I was filled with grief, and also with the feeling that if I was going to write, at the very least I was no longer going to throw my work away. I’d been writing poetry since I was about eight years old and had probably destroyed hundreds of poems and at least a couple dozen stories in the years leading up to my father’s death. It was a pattern I’d developed but one I was determined to break.
When my father died, I began to keep my writing. Just keep it – in a drawer – in notebooks – rather than throwing it out. After a few years, I realized I had dozens of poems and decided that for myself I’d publish some of them. Once I published my book, I started to receive some really heartwarming responses to my work. I was touched that words I’d written, largely from my own pain, could evoke positive feelings in someone else.
I’d always written almost daily and it’s something I’ve kept up on to the present day. About a year after I published "The Difference Now," I realized I had enough poems to put out in a second book which I titled "A New Dish." Whereas "The Difference Now" was more about struggling to overcome my past, I felt that the poems in A New Dish reflected the calm peace I’d found in my life after I’d been able to understand what alcoholism does to a family – and more importantly work to change all these bad patterns I’d developed as a result.
Last year I also released "At the Coffee Shop" - about my experience with Internet dating and how I met 67 guys in just six months - one of which would turn out to be the man I would marry just one year later!
So there you have some perspective!