I like to say we have the best of both worlds where we live here in north Mississippi. Our subdivision is plopped in the middle of the country where we hear cattle lowing in the fields behind our house and barred owls calling at night. We watch foxes and deer cross the road, and two glittering lakes make a great setting for long walks. Yet Memphis with all its big-city advantages is only minutes away.
By the way, “we” includes my husband, Stan, who has managed to tolerate me for more than forty years. We have two wonderful sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law, and one perfect granddaughter (but we’ll take more).
I wanted to be a nurse from the time I was ten. I graduated with top honors from nursing school and worked five years in ICU. Then I transferred to what I considered a more important career—raising my children. Eventually God led us to home school, and both our sons graduated from home school and went on to college.
One thing I never planned to do was become a writer. But more than a hundred published pieces later, I can testify to the fact that God’s ways are not our ways. Even more surprising, considering my shy nature, was that I began conducting workshops and speaking at writer’s conferences. My passion for the written word led me to help other writers improve their craft. In 2008, I started a newsletter for writers which is still going strong, and my writing partner, Marylane Wade Koch, and I founded Write Life Workshops, where we conduct workshops and webinars. More recently, I began editing, something my husband has tried for a while to convince me to do because he believes it’s one of my gifts.
So I guess I have now come full circle, but I love it all! Thank you for visiting with me.