I've always found it difficult to talk about myself. Writing a novel...that's easy...describing oneself, that's another ballgame entirely! I suppose it is always best to begin at the beginning, so I will start with the event that changed my life and caused a chain reaction of events that would eventually lead me down the path of becoming an author. This will be a very condensed version of course, as all the details could be a novel in and of itself (I've considered writing one, but have not yet done so.)
My parents divorced and, due to a series of unfortunate events (not the least of which was being locked in a closet as punishment for hours on end as a toddler by our step-mother, which resulted in me being terrified of the dark well into my adult years) my five sisters and I were put into the foster care system. I was three at the time. There was only one sister younger than I, and she was placed with one of my older sisters. After we had bounced around from foster home to foster home for a couple of years (I believe my total was around 10 homes), my father finally decided to relinquish his parental rights and allow us to be adopted out, on condition that we be allowed to meet once a year. This, of course, never took place. I was adopted around the age of five. Due to sexual abuse by my first adopted father, I was put back into the system. I went to another foster home and was again placed in an abusive situation. It was in this home, and at a slightly older age, that I began writing. I would climb a tree on the farm where we lived to hide from my foster mother to read and write. Luckily I found my faith in God at this time in my life also and, with His help, I had the courage to contact my social worker and ask to be removed from the home.
I finally came to be in the home of the Staigers, who adopted me at the age of 11 and have given me the love and support every child deserves. I finished my first full-length novel at the age of 12, and with their encouragement I continued writing. My first novel sounded suspiciously like a Nancy Drew knock off (Nancy Drew was my absolute favorite read at the time). I won various writing awards through high school, and had very tolerant teachers, who did not mind accepting a 30 page story, when the assignment had been a three pager.
I later married a wonderful man and had four beautiful children. The first 12 years of our marriage I worked on my novel "Dastardly Deceptions", and it was accepted for publication by Tate Publishing in 2007. I have since completed three more novels and self-published them through Amazon (I will explain my reasoning for this later in my blog) and am currently working on five more novels, one of which is a fantasy novel at the request of my children, and another of which is a contemporary court-based murder mystery.
Writing is my passion, and I hope to be able to use it to help women everywhere to escape from the stresses and trials of everyday life, in addition to using my past to help young women realize there is a way out of some very hard situations in which they may currently find themselves. May God bless and keep you!