This website and blog come from a desire to share my experiences in becoming a writer. My first post (September 27, 2020) tells more about that. I started writing as a way to Dream Bigger—my mantra and new year's resolution in 2016.
Since then, I've met dozens of writers and formed support groups to encourage and critique each other's writing. One of these is the Virgin Authors, a community for new writers. We provide tips and information, and chat with industry experts live on FaceBook. Scroll to the bottom of this page to see photographs of my writing pals, their books, and our IRL meetings at conferences. My Connect page lists the writing conferences I'll be attending over the next few month.
I believe women often abandon ourselves in service to our families. This is not a bad thing, except for the extent to which we may do it. After my second child was born, I fell into a postpartum depression that lasted years.
Meanwhile, I raised my two young children and ran a home-based advertising business, all on auto-pilot. Once I clawed my way out of depression, I immersed myself in the lives of my husband and children. Trying to make up for what I'd missed, I focused all my attention on helping them achieve their goals and dreams.
Having raised two amazing, college-educated citizens of the world, I was free to reexamine my own aspirations. My creativity longed for expression.
In 2018, I began a dedicated writing habit. My husband looks after me when I get caught up and forget to come out for food. He is amazing, and I couldn't ask for a more supportive partner. I'm seeking representation for my first two women's fiction novels. Dreamchaser is a story with a touch of magic, and The Color of Secrets a complex family saga with romantic elements, which won 3rd place in the Pacific Northwest Writer's Association 2022 Writing Contest, and is a finalist in the CRW Stiletto Contest for 2023.
For a sneak peek at other stories in the works, see More . Until then, I'll be here, manifesting magic on the page.
With warmest aloha,