In 1996, my life took a curious and horrible turn. I developed a debilitating illness, lost two pregnancies, and my finances and marriage crumbled.
It was the best thing that ever happened to me.
Forced out of seeing my identity as what I "did," I had to find self-worth and happiness from a deep place inside. I had always said I would write a book...now it was time.
I wrote When a Grandchild Dies: What to Do, What to Say, How to Cope, to fill a gap that existed at the time in bereavement materials. The act of creating a book changed me, and I knew that I had found my path.
At the same time, I met author Georgie Holbrook, who hired me to edit her book, Joy-Full Holistic Remedies. Together, we stumbled through the process of editing and self-publishing, and I worked closely with her for several years, polishing her promotional materials and articles.
These days I write fiction, and I published my debut novel, The Foreign Language of Friends, in 2011. FLOF was named a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and was a gold medal winner in the eLit Book Awards. I'm working on several other novels, and hope to have the next one ready for release in 2014.
I am also proud to have edited Patchwork & Ornament: A Woman's Journey of Life, Love, and Art by Jeanette Feldman, my late mother-in-law. Patchwork was a finalist in the 2009 Writers' League of Texas manuscript contest, and was named Best Memoir in the 2010 Indie Excellence Book Awards. Patchwork was a labor of love created after Jenny's death in 2008. Thankfully, her husband was still alive to see the accolades.
I remarried, and my husband and I now live on the Olympic Peninsula, where I garden, practice yoga, and hike. I volunteer at the local public theatre office, where I'm gathering plenty of material for future novels! I'm a stepmom to boy-girl twins, who are now young adults finding their way in the world. Life is good!