I write because I believe in the power of words to change lives. I believe that characters teach us about who we are, and through their actions help us better understand what we value. They can push us to take risks, dare us to rise to challenges, and overcome the obstacles that block our goals. Characters, through their examples can give us courage to face our fears.
Stories entertain, but they also enlighten. They shed perspective on things that matter most. They help us tap into emotions that too often the world tells us are indicative of weakness. They normalize difficulties, and through their arc remind us that persistence pays off.
So keep reading. Keep reaching. Keep dreaming. You are stronger than you think.
More than anything, I believe that every person has the power to choose their journey. May you find joy on your path!
As one of eight children, I learned to love reading as a means of escaping the chaos that comes with being a part of a large family. When I was a teenager, I read Leon Uris's Exodus, and fell in love with the character, Kitty Fremont. Not only was I in love with Ari Ben Canaan (my first introduction to an alpha male), but I felt a connection with her, so much so that I pursued a career in nursing. I continued to collect books and read through college, and even as I established my career.
Years later, I read the Twilight saga, my first introduction to YA literature as an adult. I was in Half-Price Books and picked up a middle-grade novel with a boy and a lightning bolt on the cover. I read the first page, and bought the first four Percy Jackson books. Isn't this series fantastic? After that I was hooked, and YA literature became my genre of choice.
I live in Middle Tennessee with my husband and three children. My favorite things include trips to the beach, baking sweets (and eating them), Tae Kwon Do, and doing puzzles and Legos with my family.
When I was in college, artist James C. Christensen asked me to pose for a painting of the Sphinx. At the time, the only Sphinx I knew was the Egyptian sculpture in Giza . . . the one with the missing nose. I was totally unimpressed.
But he talked me into it, and what he painted was the Grecian Sphinx sitting atop a cliff, the bones of the men she'd strangled lying about the rocky terrain. It was both beautiful and melancholy.
Many years later, while my then young boys played in the pool, inspiration struck, and I started to write the story of this sad girl.
Once my eyes were opened . . . I saw stories everywhere.
Now, I need to write them.
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