In 2007 my son asked me if there was anything I wished I had done in my life. I’d been a high school teacher, a singer, a choir director and loads of other interesting things but I was as surprised as he when my answer popped out. “Write a novel,” I said. He responded “If not now, when?” A week later my husband and I were in Hilton Head, SC and I went into the local Borders store and bought “How to Write and Sell Your First Novel”.
Today I love to stand in front of complete strangers with lights shining on every one of my flaws as I speak to them on a variety of topics. You might think I’m a little crazy but I just like to have fun. My award-winning historical novels are about the lives of settlers in the Thirteen Colonies who remained loyal to Britain during the American Revolution. My writing journey has led to speaking gigs and also to me giving workshops on a variety of subjects. You learn a lot when you embrace your dreams; people seem to want to know how to do that. I can help.
I used the backdrop of the Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Rebellion of 1837 for page-turning fictional tales where the main characters face torn loyalties, danger and personal conflicts. My Loyalist trilogy is comprised of The Loyalist’s Wife, The Loyalist’s Luck and The Loyalist Legacy.
Currently a new project fills my thoughts and my days. I am the approved biographer for Dr. Ronald G. Calhoun’s life story. He is the last surviving member and the leader of the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope team. I’m developing a new site all about this important man and the important book due out in a matter of months.
My husband and I have two grown children.
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