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.
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 modern take on Alice in Wonderland, where a young woman living in metro Atlanta following her “white rabbit” to a small town in south Florida. Sarah Lovett, author of Blowback, and Anne Corbitt, author of Rules for Lying, mentored me on this new book which was published in July 2019.
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.