I grew up in a small town in central Texas. And when I say small, I mean SMALL. Less than 700 people...13 people in my graduating class...1 flashing red light and everything closes up by 8pm. There was no bookstores. No public library. Nothing to feed my insatiable appetite for books. I went through every book in our small school library and was one of Scholastic Books best customers. I couldn't wait for my teachers to send home that beloved book flyer each month. But during the summer I couldn't get books so I decided to create my own stories. Complete, of course, with a happily ever after. I dreamed of the day I would publish my own stories.
One of the first rules I was told when I started my writing journey was to "Write what you know." Both my parents were alcoholics and I was raised by my grandmother, who was a saint of a woman and whose heart I broke more times than I care to admit. I was raised in church but was a bit of a wild child in high school. I found out I was pregnant two weeks before graduating high school and was told that I'd ruined my life and would never amount to anything. I was determined to prove those people wrong. I'm a little stubborn like that. (Ask my husband.) I graduated Magna Cum Laude from college and went on to earn a graduate degree. I've been married to the father of my children for almost 30 years, despite a lot of bumps in the road. I'm still a work in progress.
I'm not perfect. I enjoy a beer when I'm camping with my husband. The occasional swear word slips out when I least expect it. I don't attend church every Sunday, but I have learned to rely on Him every day. Many people can relate to the prodigal son. Most of us have strayed from God's will for our lives at some point, and I'm no exception. Some might even say I set the standard. Thankfully, we serve a patient, loving and forgiving God.
I write emotional stories about broken families, wounded hearts, bad boys chasing good girls (or vice versa) and a loving God that brings them together. I write about family, faith and forgiveness. I write about love. Love for each other and God's love for us. So if you're looking for the perfect author who has led the perfect life, it's not me. I'm only here by the grace of God and I'd be honored if you'd accompany me on my journey.