I walked around with Langston Hughes’ poem ‘A Dream Deferred’ in my notebook for about a year, just to remind and encourage myself to keep writing-to keep following my dream. This has been a year of great expectations as well as a one full of tests and trials. My road to publishing has been a long one as most writers know. I’ve sent out hundreds of queries over the last several years ever since my husband issued a challenge either get published or stop writing. I wasn’t about to stop writing, so I began searching for a publisher.
I went through all the big houses, followed their guidelines and even though I thought I had a really good story to tell it wasn’t good enough for them, so I came across an ad in Writer’s Magazine for 1st Books (now AuthorHouse) and self-published my first novel. It was fun, but I still wanted more. I kept looking kept getting rejected and finally heard about a book signing with JL King where he was holding a contest and the prize was a publishing contract with his company. He didn’t show. I did. I’m glad I did because I met Merin Johnson, got a chance to look at his book ‘Blue Satin Sheets’ and the rest as they say is history.
I was born and raised in Flint, MI where the rest of my family still resides. I recently moved to Ann Arbor after having lived in Flint my entire life and love it. The change has been really good for my family. I’ve been married for 15 years to my high school sweetheart. (Go ahead I don’t mind if you heave a sigh J ). He is, of course, the ultimate in romance and many, if not all, of the male heroes have his romantic traits. We have three wonderful children and they all enjoy school now, maybe it’s something in the water down here.
I am a graduate of Northern High School (go Vikings!). I graduated from Mott Community College with an A.A.S. in Culinary Arts. All that means is that I can cook really really well. J I’m currently attending Baker College for my Bachelor’s in Accounting. I’m in my last year there, thank God! I may even go ahead and get my CPA. I actually wanted to be the person that finds the money or what is now called a Forensic Accountant. I know going from food to counting other people’s money is a big leap, but I’ve got my bases covered. People will always need to eat and will always need someone to count their money.
Nothing inspires me more than watching people. To be able to sit and watch people interact is a treat. Try it sometime, if you’re ever in your favorite mall sit in the food court, watch the young people, the old people, the weird people, the sane people and the any other kind of people and if you can translate what you see to paper then you get a pretty fascinating read. It doesn’t hurt to have family and friends encouraging you either. For my grandmother that has gone home to glory who loved to hear my stories and for my brothers and sister who always begged to hear just one more page. Thanks, I didn’t let my dream fester and rot.