First off, WELCOME! I thought with the advent of new followers and the creation of my mailing list that this would be as good a time as any to let everyone know what’s going on. Plus it’s my birthday so it felt like a good day to be reflective 🙂
As you all know by now I have a day job as a psychologist. I love it. I love helping people. I love making a difference in people’s lives. I also love writing. It has been a passion of mine since I was a young girl. I was always the one lost in a book, the binding stretched thin from wear. When things were chaotic and unpleasant in my life I would create elaborate stories in my head, some with happy endings but most without. As I grew older I would turn that storytelling into fun games. While some may ‘people watch’ I took it a step further, creating backstories and anti heroes based on the folks I was observing. Then, I took a creative writing class in college. I struggled because it wasn’t how I wrote and when I left the class my dreams of being a writer were greatly diminished. That is until one of my English professors told me to write the story in my heart, that I was the only one who could tell it. He also told me that creative writing classes were for people who needed to learn to be creative, that I was already creative so to ignore the steps and do as I had been doing. While in my undergraduate I co majored in English and Psychology. Well, I ended up choosing psychology as a career. I don’t regret it all as it was the right choice at the time. I even published as a psychologist but what I discovered about myself was that throughout the years of graduate school and professional authorship that I lost my creative voice. I sort of took for granted that it would always be there, waiting for me to call upon it but when it came time to draw on those creative juices, it was nowhere to be found. That’s where fan fiction came in. I met some beautiful ladies (Christy and Amanda) who pushed me to write, pushed me to tell my story, so I did. And in a three year period I had written eight full length stories and a few one shots (short stories for those non fan fiction people) which brings me to the present. I have discovered my love for writing again and as such have at least 20 different stories floating around in my head waiting to come out. So here is what I’m up to at the moment.
Thirty Eight is the first story I plan on publishing. It came to me when my daughter Deanna went on the annual Dakota 38 + 2 Ride last winter (2014). While she was gone I kept having a recurrent dream that seemed to be presenting a story in my head. I saw a girl, older than Deanna riding a beautiful black and white paint along a gravel road, snow on the ground and tears in her eyes. She seemed so sad. Then on another night I dreamed of the same girl and this time she was sitting in a gym, watching people dance. She then got up and stepped outside where she saw a man standing there. Then I dreamed again of the same girl except she was one of many riders in a circle and I saw the ghosts of the 38 warriors. It was such a powerful dream I knew I had to write it. When I spoke with my daughter later about it she asked if she could write it with me. We are now midway through the book and are shooting for a December release to coincide with this year’s ride.
The Diakrisis Tales is a young adult series of books that I will be writing with my daughter Deanna. It’s funny because I had a dream about the first story in this series a few years ago and thought it would be my first published work but Thirty Eight will get that honor. The first book in the series will follow a young girl, age 16, who moves to a sleepy town in Georgia only to discover that there is something amiss about her surroundings. She also learns some truths about herself that will alter her worldview. It will be based in the present time but will have a fantasy element to it. The series will continue with separate standalone books that will follow our young heroine on a series of adventures as she learns to control her ‘gift’ while helping others and still trying to maintain a normal life. We are expecting that the first book should be out late 2016/early 2017.
The Helios Chronicles is an adult romance series of books that I am basing off of a couple of my fan fiction stories. While I will obviously be toning it down the story will basically be the same. A man with a difficult past meets a woman who gives him hope. Through her love he discovers that in spite of the things he’s done or the labels attached to him that he is worthy of happiness. One of the reasons I loved this story so much was that it involved a host of secondary characters that I absolutely adored. From the young man who befriended someone people believed was bad, to the openly gay couple that had a horrific journey on their road to living the life they were meant to live, to the grandma who offered sage advice and unconditional love to our female heroine, to the aunt & uncle of our hero who always believed in him even when he didn’t believe in himself and of course then there are the villains, and oh, are they easy to hate. I knew that if I were to publish any of my fan fiction it had to be Helios. His story just needed to be preserved. I’m anticipating having the first book in the series, a prequel about Helios earlier life, out summer, 2016.
The Talionic Files is a suspense/crime drama series of books. The first book of the series is the only other fan fiction story of mine that I’m planning on publishing. That particular story follows an ATF agent in Chicago and a chef in New Orleans. Their lives cross paths in the hunt for a ruthless killer who has ties to organized crime in Chicago. This was my first attempt at writing suspense/drama and I absolutely fell in love with the genre. The ending of the first story leaves plenty of room to follow our heroes and heroines as they solve crime, live and love, and suffer at the hands of others. It should be a lot of fun! I’m expecting that the first book in the series should be out sometime in 2017.
I have a pretty active social media life. I know, sad huh? Just kidding! Anyway, here are all of my account links. Please follow where you can. I’m going to do my best to post regularly on these accounts. Of course, some are not as detailed as others but I’m working on it!
Well, that’s it for now. Have a wonderful day and thank you for your continued support.