Thursday, August 2, 2012

Believing in YOU ~ Celebrating Authors At Imajin Books

I am so grateful to Cheryl Tardif and the amazing people at Imajin Books for believing in me and my newest work, DARK WATER. It's such an honor to be a part of this amazing team, and I'm so grateful for their support. As authors, having that support inspires us to keep moving forward, knowing that others believe in us and our work.

My love for books and writing stems back to my early childhood. Not only were books a form of escape from the chaos that often surrounded me, it was fascinating being able to absorb myself in new worlds, experiences and interesting characters.

My Uncle was a distributor for Golden Books and was always giving my brother and I samples of books. That, with all the books gifted to us, ensured that our shelves were stocked full. I became so in love with books that I wanted to be able to create works for other people to enjoy. I had so many wonderful stories inside of me just waiting to get out. By the time I got to my teens, I had many short stories, nonfiction pieces and started novels. What was funny was that I was too shy to share it all with anyone.

It wouldn't be until I was in my thirties that I actually felt brave enough to share my work with the world, and it all started with winning a writing contest. The story I entered was called, "The Grey Felt Hat" and it was a short story I wrote about an old man who gave me the gift of kindness during a very tough year in my young teen life. He sat beside me every day for almost the entire school year sharing stories of his youth, and giving me his pearls of wisdom. I looked forward to seeing him every day, even if we did only get to chat for 20 to 30 minutes each time. Then one day, he stopped getting on the bus. I was heartbroken. We never even knew each other's names but I will always value that time. He taught me to believe in myself, and in the value of kindness.

After winning that contest, it was published in Angels On Earth magazine and the rest, as they say, is history.

Writing and authoring can be very competitive, but it is my dream. And as long as I have someone who believes in me and my work ~ whether they are right here with me or somewhere above ~ I will continue to share the stories that still want to come out.


  1. I used to let my sister read my stories. She'd read them aloud, exactly as written and we'd be rolling with laughter with some of them.

    I've never been great at identifying grammatical terms (beyond noun, verb, adjective and adverb) but I learned how grammar works and affects meaning from those readings.

    1. Aw, that's awesome that you had your sister's input, Alison. That must have been so much fun. Does she still support you that way?


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