Praise from publishers is always "icing on the cake."

Why I Want to Write ...

My writing began with an obsession with pencils, pens, markers, crayons, and of course paper. Innocent enough. But my wads of creations were a nuisance for my mother. I never left home without a shiny purse to transport my "goodies" to and from church. What is a precocious girl to do during a three-hour-long invitation to Christ? Yes, my creative writing was born out of boredom.

Chasing my creative dreams have been fruitful, from writing for my high school newspaper, The Bulldog Barks, to spending days interviewing Margaret Avery "Shug" of The Color Purple at Texas A&M University at Commerce, and lastly a 14-year tenure with McClatchy/Fort Worth Star-Telegram in roles as an assistant editor, design editor, and literary critic. 

My dream job has evolved, but books are always the common thread. A gig as a book club facilitator/book seller for Barnes & Noble gave me access to more books that I could have ever imagined. Advance copies, hardcovers and paperbacks soon stuffed every nook and cranny in my home. An old gray ottoman with storage space is now that hope chest for that book I will write, one day.