February 8, 2012. It was 11:00 in the evening here in Ohio. The day was winding down for most people, but I was thinking I would try my hand at writing a story.
I had never written anything before, and I didn’t have a story in mind, but I opened the proverbial blank piece of paper in Word and decided to see what I could produce.
I’ve always loved the name Susan, so I chose to use it for my main character. I decided to write about some of my life experiences from working in a weight loss center by day and playing racquetball at night, but I would have everything play out in a much more interesting way in Susan’s life.
The opening paragraph came easily:
My perfectly restored ‘67 Chevy Chevelle careened around the corner at Walsh and Park, the tires squealing in an effort to get my attention. I was angry. My mind was reeling. I was thinking of all the ways I wanted to kill him. People on the sidewalk were staring as I flew by, and I knew I had to get a grip on more than the steering wheel. Carbide City was known for speed traps, and I didn’t need another ticket. Why are restored muscle cars magnets for cops and tickets anyway?
On July 13, 2012, I completed the fourth book in the series. I know! Isn’t that crazy? But I was having fun – sailing along, writing, laughing, and self-publishing. My books are a fun, easy read. There is mystery, a little humor (sometimes madcap), and a little romance. They are pretty squeaky clean with nothing to make you blush.
I started blogging in June. I wanted to record this crazy path of writing I’m on. Since I’ve been here, I’ve met wonderful people, learned from others, and I’ve even sharpened my new-found writing skills.
I’m married to a wonderful man who puts up with an enormous amount of silliness from me. We have a 25-year-old son who finally moved out of the basement and is doing well on his own. We used to have four dogs in the house (yes, we are crazy dog people), but we only have one beagle now – Pete.
I do post quite a bit about my books, writing, or something I’ve learned, but I also like to shake things up with bits of humor at times. I hope you find something to enjoy here. Please leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you!
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