WORDS. They define and shape my life. As a child, I barely spoke. Not until I was eleven years old did I speak to strangers. Insanely shy, I barely muttered a word in school—but as my friends can tell you, I have certainly overcome that issue! Ironically, however, I find that I typically ‘talk’ above a shiny surface that skirts above what is truly resonating within me. It’s hard to ‘go there’ when I speak. Writing is how I find my truth. And writing is the best way I communicate.
I’ve been publishing since the first day of my freshman year, starting with the college newspaper, the radio station, the local newspaper, TV station, to internships within the UK, magazines in Atlanta, all before my sophomore year. You could say the writing bug struck and never left. I now focus primarily on my fiction, with a desire to publish with a mainstream publisher, which is why I haven’t self-published my novels. I’m a traditionalist at heart and while earning my MFA in New York, became enamored with the publishers and agents I met. The old school method of publishing is what I’m drawn to. It hasn’t been an easy road, but I’m learning a lot about this process.
This section will share my ‘words’—whether through an essay, a journalistic article, or an excerpt from my novels Uriel’s Mask, Between Thoughts of You, or the one I’m currently writing: Jupiter’s Weight.
Book reviews and interviews with authors, agents and publishers will be found in this section as well. My favorite authors, who have given me aha moments, like Anne Tyler, Alice Hoffman, Jodi Picoult, Patti Callahan Henry, Gail Honeyman, Diane Frank, Liz Moore, Sher Kruse, among others, I’ll honor here with book reviews. I’ll link to articles from journalists who bravely go where others do not—emotionally and physically. The posts that describe both the frustrating and the richly rewarding writing process, will be here too. To read these stories, please click WORDS in my topic sidebar on my home page.
I entertain your feedback. And, as always, I am deeply grateful and humbled by any of you who take the time to actually read my words.