I never planned to write a memoir, just like I never planned to marry a bank robber. But when I found myself drowning in a sea of lies and deceit, the writer in me knew that if I survived the storm, my story needed to be told. As this website attests, I survived (and appear quite normal most days!) despite a decade of struggle. My hope is that you can learn from my experiences or feel comforted that you are not alone in your own. While few of you will make the enormous mistakes I made, I think many of us are united in our tendency to turn a blind eye on the relationship danger signals.
Now for the biographical details: I am a graduate of the University of Tennessee (Go, Big Orange!) and a former English teacher and business writer. When I knew that I had to get my story on paper, I studied creative writing at regional summer workshops sponsored by the University of Georgia and the University of South Florida. Authors Terry Kay (To Dance with the White Dog) and Rachel Simons (Riding the Bus with my Sister) were strong, supportive influences as I poured my heart into Quicksand: A Cautionary Love Story.
My second book, Summer Squall, is a story that began in a Reinhardt University workshop led by poet William Wright (Self-Portrait as Late Autumn Frost). Sarah Lovett, author of Blowback, mentored me on this new book which is still a “work in progress.” There will be no wine (or novel, it seems) before its time!
As for real life, I reside north of Atlanta in a mountain lake community with my husband, Des (no, NOT the bank robber,) and two cats, Emma and Riley. I’m a Pilates instructor and enjoy staying active with tennis and golf which helps justify the calories I consume from hosting dinner parties with good friends, good food, and good wine.