Hello, and welcome to my web site. This site is both exciting and scary for me. But hey, I’m game for adventure of any kind, so here I am. I’m venturing into a new career in the world of authors. That’s right, my first book, Only When the Loon Sings, a Historical Romance available through The Wild Rose Press as of January 27, 2012. And that's the exciting part. But I’m not computer savvy, so… that's the scary aspect.
Let me tell you a bit about myself and you’ll understand why compiling a web site, and using the computer in new ways is so foreign to me. For years, other than being a wife and mother of two boys, I devoted most of my time and energy into my nursing career. Oh, I’ve used the computer at work—doing nursing notes on my homecare patients. I can also email, get on the Internet and find my way through its mazes fairly well. I write my novels on the computer and can now send them to my editor. I’ve done grown up, yes siree. Not really. I lie. I’ve even recently joined facebook at my publisher’s suggestion—but I’m still shuffling along with that one. Blog, twitter, loops and links—YIKES!---well let’s say I’m trying to learn and leave it at that. I’ve been writing novels for many years and belong to LCRW, my local writing chapter in upstate NY, but up until now hadn’t been published.
Over many long years as a nurse, I’ve had the honor and privilege of caring for hundreds, more like thousands of patients. From working in hospital ICU’s and ER’s to private medical groups, and finally for the NYS Dept. of Health as a Public Health Nurse with my focus on homecare and various clinics. And I’ve enjoyed every minute.
Though recently retired, I keep my hand in the medical field by privately contracting with the Dept of Health to do clinics. I also serve on the Medical Reserve Corps as part of Homeland Security. Though the corps continues to train in preparedness, I fervently pray there will never be a reason for them to call us in the future. I hope you feel the same way.
Ever since childhood, I’ve been enamored with the story of Cinderella. What little girl isn’t? But once I grew up, I read only books required in school and in college, and then I had my nose stuck in medical books. I didn’t realize I’d stopped reading for pleasure until a back injury put me flat on back for weeks and bored to death. My friend, Nancy, loaned me a bunch of historical romance novels. WOW!
There were dukes and the feisty heroines who finally became duchesses. There were cowboys of the west with charisma no woman could resist. And of course pirates, Highlanders…the list went on and on. I loved each and every romance novel I read. I became a maniac and a slave to a good read. Today, I still love the historicals, but also read contemporary, especially the Navy Seals, Delta force, Rangers, FBI, etc., cops, and who done it, as long as they have a romance and make me laugh at the same time. And yes, I do read main stream and enjoy them too.
But I digress here and should go back to when I read Nancy’s borrowed novels. As I read those books, I reverted back to the days of Cinderella. Yet, while reading one that I was truly enjoying, I became stymied at its rushed ending. That’s right. The story, most assuredly, should have gone on for at least 20 pages or more, but the author rushed the ending to a clipped ten pages. I was left disheartened, yearning for just a few more pieces to tie it all together, and FURIOUS. I felt cheated. That’s when I said I could probably do a better job writing one myself.
Oh Lord, Lord, Lord. Little did I know. I had no background in writing, didn’t know how or where to start. I had a LONG, a very long haul in front of me. I wrote to my favorite two authors at the time and asked how I should begin on my venture. They both said the same thing. Join RWA(Romance Writers of America). I did and my plight began. I also became a charter member of LCRW.
Over the next ten years I wrote what I thought were good reads. Boy, oh boy, how wrong can a person be. I made every mistake in the book—that’s the book on how to write a GOOD BOOK. My first novel ended at page 895. That was only one small error. The second was not knowing what the heck they meant by POV(Point of View) and not understanding what head hoping was. Oh? I had to stay in one characters POV for a duration, then change to another---and do it clearly? Well, let’s just say it has taken me a long, long time as I said before, to get to where I am now. But through determination and perseverance, some setbacks that took me away from writing from time to time, I’m here on my own web page in hopes that you’ll enjoy tagging along with me through my lengthy journey and that you’ll relish my upcoming books—and hopefully future books as well. It’s been a struggling haul, full of rejections and discouragement, but it’s been one rewarding and exhilarating ride that’s for sure. But I love writing. I need it to breathe.
Between playing in my flower gardens(I just love digging in the earth), cooking for friends, walking my wonderful dog, enjoying the lake(I live in upstate NY on one of the Finger Lakes) and its wildlife, and helping at the local Humane Society, I’m writing to my heart’s content. I continue to hone my writing skills thanks to a multitude of writing friends and authors. I live with my husband Kent, my very own hero, and rescued dog, Jamie, and jump at any chance to see my son, daughter-in-law, and two fantastic and amazing granddaughters as often as I can. And I wonder if there’s anything any better than reading and writing Romance novels.
I'm so very pleased to say I joined PRP, Prairie Rose Publications in 2014 and I've been ridin' high ever since. My editor, Cheryl Pierson, has been an absolute delight to work with. Not only is she understanding when I don't grasp how to do what on the various sites and/or I simply stagger on the computer, she keeps me on my toes and offers such terrific support that I feel like I can write or do anything. Hey, I'm still fumbling with social media and the computer at times, but I'm gradually making headway. Livia Washburn does my covers and let me tell you, she is an artistic whiz. Just take a gander as some of her work. Fantastic! Both of them are so enthusiastic that it simply rubs off on me so that I have had a great big grin on my face ever since meeting them. And I must also mention Kathleen Rice Adams who is a working wonder with Promotion, Publicity and Media Coordination. And all three of these ladies continue to write fabulous western love stories in their spare time.
All the PRP authors have welcomed me as well as other authors recently joining PRP with open arms. Most of the PRP authors are western gals and I want you to know they have a powerhouse of knowledge (be it western lingo and facts, info regarding writing or social media) that they willingly and readily offer on their blogs, the PRP blog, or online on a daily basis. These ladies are the best. I believe I've learned more about the TRUE ol' west in the past year than throughout my entire life. And darn if ain't so much fun.
I confess, I have a deep passion and love for anything historical. And the ol' west simply draws me in more. It's just like chocolate, oh yes I always have a craving, an intense craving, for chocolate. I can never get enough and I'm the same way with western info and facts. I get my nose into a book or onto the internet and start reading about days gone by in the west and I might be lost for hours. And, okay, hubby thinks I'm hard at work upstairs in my office while really I've found a new fact or two about the ol' west and I'm reading to my heart's content. Now don't you go and tell him, because what he doesn't know won't hurt him. Well shucks, he'll most likely read what I've written here and my goose will be cooked. Not really, he's as bad about having his nose in a car magazine or watching car races, so he can't say much. Of course, I can always explain I'm just doing research and bingo, it's fine. Right?
Take a moment and think about what you're passionate about. Is it time wasted? Is it meaningless? Should you being doing something else? Well, I say keep that passion. Go for it, flat out. Whatever it is, hopefully it makes you think, or enlightens you in some way, or maybe brings a smile to your face and fills your heart with joy, or merely give you something to do. Dreams and desires that matter to each of us gives us enjoyment, incentive, and hopes for brighter tomorrows. What could be better?
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Thanks for joining me today and I'm hoping you'll enjoy your adventure through my many stories. Wishing you love, peace, happiness and good health.