One of my earliest memories: tracing refrigerator magnets onto folded pieces of paper, and then spelling out words to go with the pictures. The magnets were shaped like people, trees, flowers, and animals. I was about four years old and that was my first “book.”
My stacks of unpublished (and often unfinished) fiction grew from there. Handwritten, banged out on a manual typewriter, and later saved on floppy disks with files in bygone word processing formats like AmiPro, Pocket Writer, and Word Perfect. (I loved AmiPro!)
But writing fiction and having the confidence to share it with the world at large can be two very different things.
While I’ve always loved writing, my journey from that magnet-traced book to my first published novel was not a direct flight. There have been many detours and extended layovers. Often due to my own fear of flying (metaphorically—and actual, too—boo, flying). Yet now, with each new book, I learn more about navigating my own path.
If you’re reading this, thank you for being part of my writing journey. Whenever you read and review my books, follow me on social media, or tell your friends about my writing, you’re helping me live my dream. Your support means the world to me!
Early Writing Career
Though my love of writing never faded, my young adulthood was focused on working with computers (Unix, baby!), raising my children (actual babies), and straightening out the twists of my life. My fiction stayed largely out of public sight, but I eventually joined an online writing group and began picking up freelance writing assignments.
For many years, I wrote a wide variety of content for both print and online publications. There were a lot of odd jobs as well, including writing copy for online catalogs, trivia questions for a search engine, and advertorials for magazines. (Anyone remember Deal Chicken? Like Groupon, but with a chicken theme. Yep, I was paid to write chicken puns.)
I still wanted to write novels, so I devised a new plan. One that would let me spend less time writing for others and more of my writing energy on creating my own fictional worlds.
A Love of Yoga, A Love of Fiction
In 2015, I completed yoga teacher training, traded most of my freelance clients for yoga teaching jobs, and spent my writing time developing my own stories. I’d been practicing yoga for nearly 10 years at that point, so it was a natural transition. The teaching time was a great way to break up my long days in front of the computer, and, as a bonus, facing rooms full of students challenged—and boosted—my confidence.
With this new routine, I finished my first novel and began the path toward traditional publishing. After about a year of encouraging starts that led to ultimate rejection letters, I began to realize just how long it could take to get my book into the hands of readers. And I’m not the most patient of people.
Enter the freedoms and frustrations of self-publishing!
I published my first novel, The Insistence of Memory, in 2017. The following year, I was able to release my second novel, To the Left of Death.
Soon after, I switched gears with my first YA novel, Healers and Thieves, which is also the first book in The Psychic Traveler Society series. (My current work in progress.)
My continuing journey as an indie author wouldn’t be possible without your support. I hope you’ll check back often, connect with me on social media, and reach out with any questions about my books.
Writers need readers and I hope you’ll enjoy my writing!