This website signifies a new beginning in my life, a new chapter if you will. I have written incessantly since I was a child but never had the courage to ever show my writing to anyone. Not my family, not even my closest friends. It was always something that I loved but that I loved in private. It was mine, all mine and nobody could tarnish it with harsh comments or crush my dreams of being an author by telling me my writing wasn't good enough. It was not until recently that I was struck with a profound realization: if I never show my stories to anyone my dream will always be just that, a dream. Only by sharing my work could I ever hope to truly achieve my dream.
Admittedly it took quite some time for me to screw up my courage. I managed to allow two friends, Sheryl and Rakel, and my mom to read the first novel I completed. They all loved it and encouraged me to try to publish it. That novel has evolved into a trilogy and I am trying to have it published. I could self-publish the trilogy but it holds such sentiment to me, written during a period in my life when I was first grieving my beloved Kaity. I still grieve her but the rawness of that time is deeply ingrained in those books and they have somehow become entwined in my love and my loss. Therefore I will strive to see them published, to be able to pick up a copy of that first installment one day. To be able to open the book and read the dedication to Kaity and only then will I feel I have given that work and Kaity their due.
Please do not think this implies I don't think the works I have self-published, the ones that have brought you to this site, are not held in high regard by me or that I believe they are lesser works. I do not believe that. I have laboured over these works too, and I love their characters just as much as the ones in the aforementioned trilogy. Whether it be Kord, Michelle, Aaron, Bree or the characters from my next novel, Danny and Ashley, I love them all. They are my children and I have laughed and cried with them while creating and nurturing them and I sincerely hope you will revere them as I do. Writing is more than a hobby to me. It is cathartic and rewarding; soothing to my soul, maddening to my mind at times but I so love to do it that I cannot envision anything taking its place in either my life or my heart.
So once more I thank you, Dear Reader, for taking the time to read this and to visit my website. I hope you enjoy my work and that you are looking forward to my upcoming stories. I would love to hear from any of you, either here, or via email, perhaps on Facebook or Twitter. Pinterest, even, where I develop rudimentary storyboards to visualize my characters. I willingly share any of these sites with you, and my time when I can, in appreciation of you taking the time for me.
Here's hoping this is the beginning of a long and satisfying relationship between myself and you, Dear Reader. Happy reading to you.