I've always had a vivid imagination and, as a young child, almost every bedtime story or book I'd read, inspired a new flight of fancy. Growing up, books became my friends, an escape from the many misfortunes my family faced.
By my teenage years, I’d become a voracious reader. Austen, Du Maurier, the Brontës, and Hardy fed my romantic soul, and books like To Kill a Mocking Bird and I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings sharpened my sense of justice. Those brilliant authors also ignited my interest in human nature.
By then, I'd been writing for years. From my childish tales about my cat, Timmy’s, secret powers and talking ability, to adolescent depictions of princesses, villains and heroes, and happily-ever-afters, to later imaginings about historical characters, I continued. Ironically, my own romantic relationships stymied my flow, and later, a demanding career sent my muse into exile. Still, deep-down,the desire to write books remained.
Lacking confidence,in all that time, I avoided mentioning or sharing my work. Enrolling in creative writing courses. and having to read my writing to an entire class soon changed that. Eventually, gaining courage, I penned, and then posted weekly installments of my first novel for an online audience for aspiring writers. In writing Counsel, I wanted to develop a story of substance; I hoped to disprove the misconception that romance novels are ‘fluff.’ Primarily, I wanted to write an absorbing tale with characters readers care about— hopefully, long after finishing the last chapter.
Publishing The Counsel Series was a literal dream come true. I’m eternally thankful for that supportive community of online readers, who, week after week, boosted my self-belief. Your encouragement and professed love for my characters inspired the follow-up books in the series. Without you, I may never have taken that leap into the precarious world of self-publishing . To each and every one; thank you' from the bottom of my heart.