The fiction writing class I took in 2001 changed my life! I had wanted to write a book since reading Centennial, by James Michener, and Roots, by Alex Haley, years earlier. The problem was that I had no idea how to write fiction. That class opened the door for me.
Since 2001 I’ve taken online writing courses, read more books about writing fiction than I can count, and continue to gain more knowledge from online sources every day.
My favorite genres to read are historical fiction, thrillers, and some general fiction. I enjoy doing historical research and writing historical fiction, so that is the niche in which I’m establishing myself.
At the age of 34, I became ill with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalopathy. A few months later I contracted Lyme Disease. I continued to work in the travel industry for four more years before having to stop working. It is my faith in God and Jesus Christ that has made it possible for me to learn how to use my limited energy to pursue a career as a writer.
As a freelance writer, I wrote a local history column for the now-defunct Harrisburg Horizons weekly newspaper in North Carolina from 2006 through 2012. Doing local history research and sharing it with people in the community was a joy, and writing the column and meeting deadlines helped me hone my skills as a writer
I had the privilege of writing a vintage postcard book, The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, for Arcadia Publishing in 2014. Writing within the word count constraints of each postcard description for that nonfiction book was a wonderful exercise in word selection and concise writing,
My interests and hobbies include genealogy, sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, and playing the Appalachian dulcimer. I enjoy listening to a variety of music, including Scottish and American folk music. Meeting people from around the world is one of the blessings I’ve had since starting to blog.
I blog about my journey as a writer and reader every Monday. Reading good fiction will help me be a better writer. I blog once-a-month about the books I read the previous month.
The Spanish Coin is the working title of my work in progress. You can read more about that historical novel on the “My novel in progress” on this blog.
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