Why I write...

I grew up on a small farm in Pennsylvania, the oldest of seven children with lots of cousins, aunts, uncles and friends coming and going.  I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t reading. Words and stories have been the one thing I could always count on. As a child I wrote dramatic stories and letters to and about my siblings, letters to the editor of the local newspaper and even letters to the state governor.  

After reading one of my tales my father said, “I’ll be damned if you’re not a writer!” Young girls are very influenced by their fathers; I believed from that day forward, “I am a writer!” 

However, there were many detours before I could focus on my true vocation. I married young, had three children and became a divorce statistic. I graduated from nursing school, which isn’t easy to do as a working single mother.  I worked for twenty years as a nurse and married my husband in 1990. I have a profound understanding of the emotional complexities of life. I adore my three adult children, my two beautiful step daughters, their mates and our ten grandchildren. 

I’ve always written short stories, essays and lots of letters to friends and family. I did freelance writing for local newspapers and nursing journals for ten years before I stopped working as a nurse in 2003. Since then I’ve been writing and learning the ropes of the publishing world. 

Mother Love was published in Nov. 2004 and received the Reviewers Choice Award in 2005.  

My second novel, Runaway Grandma, was released in November 2007 by a small press, Madison Ave. Publishers. Reviews have been very good.  

Writing, as well as involvement with family and friends, gives me joy and life satisfaction.  

My other passion, which I share with my husband, is travel. We’ve traveled in more than forty countries…perhaps our motto should be, “We want to cover the earth before the earth covers us!”