A Little Background:
When I was eight years old, I listed things I wanted to be when I grew up. I’d written about eight things and I think being an author was the fourth one down.  I’d forgotten about that list until a couple of years ago. I’m not even sure what triggered the memory because that list was discarded many years ago. But, it’s one thing that can now be scratched off.  I have written my first book!!!

Well, maybe not the first book. It’s actually my third book. My first two books are not yet published and you’ll probably never see them.  And, if I might say so, they probably aren’t worth the paper they’re written and printed on.  I wrote my first book in long hand as a 13 year old. Lol. Yes. At 13 years of age, I was an avid romance novel reader and decided to try my hand at writing one.  I allowed a cousin who was also an avid reader to critique it. The review was not a good one. It was too long, too detailed and rather boring were the comments I recall. Sigh.  My second attempt was written using a computer when I was much older, in my late twenties. That one was a little better. It’s been written and rewritten and is still not finished.

My Career:
My degree is in the business field – a Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business from Jarvis Christian College, a small private college surrounded by pine trees in a small town in East Texas.  Before my four years in college, I spent all four years of high school attending a magnet school for business management.  After college, I was hired at a Fortune 500 company in Dallas and have been there for nineteen years. Business is my thing.

My First Published Book:
My husband called my cell phone one wet, rainy afternoon during my commute home from work. He’d just received a packet from my publishing company and wanted to know if he should open it right then and tell me the contents, or should he wait and let me open it when I got home. Of course I wanted him to open it right then! My text for Tears in a Bottle, my "third" book, had been accepted!  I screamed on the North Dallas Tollway that day. All the windows of my car were rolled up, so the driver in the car next to me couldn’t hear it.  My husband had no problem hearing it, though.  I think I may have come close to bursting his ear drums.

Imbued in my scream of excitement was astonishment that it was really going to happen. Despite, not having an English or literary degree, I was going to be a published author. I’ve always liked English and been good in the subject, but felt that because of the lack of an English degree or not having taken formal writing courses, I didn’t have the credentials to be a writer. Go figure. I’ve no idea where that concept came from. Many other writers don’t either, and didn’t let that stop them. Thank you for helping me fulfill a lifelong goal of being a published author!

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