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. I barely muttered a word in school, too, as I was insanely shy. I’ve certainly overcome that! Lol. 🙂 But I find that I typically ‘talk’ above a shiny surface that skirts around what is truly resonating with 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 in the UK, magazines in Atlanta, all before my sophomore year. You could say the writing bug struck and never left. I’ve written for newspapers and magazines across America and in the UK and 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.
This section will share my ‘words’—whether through an essay, a journalistic article, or a chapter excerpt from my novels Uriel’s Mask, Between Thoughts of You, or the one I’m currently writing: Orbiting Jupiter.
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, 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 these words.
Thank you. x