Thursday, June 6, 2013

About the Author

So, I thought it might be a good idea to share a little bit about myself, even for those of you who already know me.

For a long time growing up I wasn't sure what I wanted to do when I was older. It wasn't until my senior year of high school, in my AP English class taught by the wonderful Mrs. Roach, that I started thinking about writing. The summer after I graduated I started getting ideas for stories. Many of them have come from simple words or pictures or a scene that pops into my head and turns into a full blown story. The first one that I actually began writing down is one I'm still working on nearly 13 years later. I guess you could say that since it's my first, I want it to be perfect. Thankfully, it's now at a point that I'm happy with and is in the hands of my fantastic editor, Jennifer Maddy, right now. It is the first in a series. The next two in the series are mostly written, but need some serious fine tuning. Three more are outlined. I have many other projects in various stages of doneness as well, with one in particular that is ready for editing. I have a habit of jumping from one story to another, going back and forth as ideas come to me. My husband, who majored in English and creative writing, frowns upon this, but it's kinda how I roll.

As I mentioned above, I have a husband, Garett, who is my biggest fan. We've been married for almost four years now. He offered to be my editor, but we both decided that the author/editor relationship might interfere with our actual relationship. Meaning I didn't want the person I love most in the world to "hurt my author feelings". I am very lucky, however, to have a sister-in-law who has been a professional editor for a number of years. Now that she's a stay-at-home mom, she has some time for little old me. The rest of my family has been very encouraging as well.

My day job over the years has been as a paraeducator, working with special needs students. It's pretty much been the perfect job for me. The kids are awesome and I love helping them. Also, I've never had to work in the summer, which has given me lots of time to write. This particular summer, we're in Arizona while my husband does summer sales with a pest control company. It's very hot here, but I'm enjoying the time I have to write, especially now that I'm seeing some progress in my dream as an author.

Other interests of mine include drawing and painting (I have artwork I plan to share later on), cooking, reading, watching too much TV, spending time with family, snuggling with my husband, eating, ignoring laundry and dirty dishes, pinning stuff on a particular pinning website, the color orange, penguins, going to Disneyland, entering sweepstakes I'll probably never win, and many others that are too boring or weird to mention.  

Hopefully this wasn't too long. I plan to keep most of my posts short and sweet. If you haven't yet checked out the first chapter of The Bride, find the link in my previous post.

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