What’s not to love about the written word? Under the spell of skilled writers, readers might be transported to a planet where residents communicate with thought energy. Or they could witness a knife fight in a 1920s speakeasy. Writers create characters so realistic that sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner seems certain—or not. The best stories do far more than entertain. Memorable novels make readers feel and think long after the covers close, or the e-reader is powered down.
I’ve loved books and writing all my life. In early elementary school, my first best friend, Karen, and I eagerly awaited the Book Mobile’s weekly visit to our neighborhood. By the time I reached junior high school, I’d read many of the classics. Many remain my favorite books to this day. In high school, I began writing original short stories and poetry.
For me, becoming a writer was inevitable. Recently, I’ve added personal essays and a complete novel to my repertoire. In late 2017, I started writing another novel.
I’m a member of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, and the James River Writers. JRW is located in Richmond VA, near my home. When I’m not writing or working my day job, I enjoy watching classic television programs, listening to music, or reading with my beloved tortie, Hannah, nearby.
Favorite Novels: To Kill a Mockingbird, Rebecca, East of Eden, Wuthering Heights, Charlotte’s Web, Black Beauty, Lord of the Flies, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and The Accidental Tourist.
Favorite Writers: The authors who wrote my favorite novels, plus Anne Patchett, Amy Tan, J. R. R. Tolkien, Eudora Welty, Robert Frost and Emily Dickenson.
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