Suspense, Mystery, and Mainstream Fiction
Quirky fact I don’t want anyone to know:
My favorite color changes depending upon my mood. Sometimes it’s red, other times green, but most of the time I prefer blue.
I’ve always enjoyed a good story. Some of my earliest memories are the times when I listened to my mother tell something about herself or her family. Although I enjoyed all of her stories, the ones that involved suspense or mystery fascinated me most. Even as a child, I would think about the “what ifs” and was intrigued by inexplicable happenings.
I became an avid reader and this developed into a desire to write. At the age of ten, I scribbled little short stories. I dabbled in poetry in my early teens, as did many of my friends. At age seventeen, I wrote a short YA novel by hand.
After I married, I set aside my wish to be a writer, but the desire never went away. When two different people said to me, “You should write a book,” I knew it was time to get serious about writing. (They probably said it because of my penchant for long narratives.)
I took online writing classes, began a blog, and attended several writer’s workshops and conferences. My friend and I started a critique group. Most of my early writing was inspirational non-fiction stories, but writing fiction was always my real desire.
I’m not superstitious. I’ll purposely cross a black cat’s path (in fact, I own one) or walk under a ladder. However, I am interested in the folklore and legends behind superstition. I like solving mysteries and once thought being a private detective would be an interesting job. You can learn more about me by visiting me at my site.
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