About Me

In the past, it’s been difficult for me to share my writing.  I’ve done so in classes only because of necessity.  Putting a piece of writing out there is oftentimes like exposing a piece of my soul.  This blog is my attempt to put myself out there.

I am a 30-something former teacher, current attorney & aspiring writer.   I have always loved the written word.  I love the way an author can transport you to another time or place.  As a child, I was constantly imagining different worlds & different lives.  I began writing short stories in elementary or middle school.  They were usually simplified versions of the numerous books that began filling my bookshelves, a sort of fan-fiction.  I think that I inherited my love of reading from my mother and my grandmother, both avid readers.  They both supported my early attempts at writing.

I went on to major in English and teach British literature to high school students.  I came to love the way a book can make you understand & empathize with a character wholly unfamiliar to yourself.  There are few things I love more than a lazy day at home with a good book and my animals.  I love the feel and smell of an actual, physical book.  My office/library is absolutely overflowing with books!  Despite my borderline hoarding of books, I also collect ebooks.  There’s something to be said for the ease of carrying hundreds of books on a small tablet.  There are several titles that I own both a hardback version and an ebook version.

Here are some of the writers and novels that have inspired me:

Rebecca, by Daphne de Maurier, may be my all-time favorite novel.  I collect various editions from used book stores and thrift shops.  The opening line, “Last night I dreamt I went to manderley again…”, immediately transports me to a new world of secrets and suspense.

Jodi Piccoult – My Sister’s Keeper is my favorite by Jodi Piccoult & helped inspire me to go to law school.  I find that everything she writes is moving, intelligent, and thought-provoking.

Philipa Gregory – A historian turned novelist, Ms. Gregory is best known for her Tudor series.  If you’re reading her novels, be sure to bookmark her website which provides additional historical info & the family trees that are necessary to understand the complex family relationships.

Nicholas Sparks has the ability to perfectly capture the joys and heartbreaks that accompany love & relationships.  His website also has some advice for young writers and some great recommendations for reading.

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