For as long as I can remember, I have had an artistic flare-whether that be for writing, painting, sewing or drawing. I recall as a child how much I enjoyed drawing. The writing came later. My seventh grade English teacher was Mrs. Henderson-a young mother and wife. She gave us a writing assignment and after gifting me with an A+ told me I should consider writing as a career. She meant as a journalist. I did not take her advise and become a journalist (one of my many misgivings). My mind went toward other things as many young girls dream of-a husband, home, and family of my own. I put my love for writing and painting on hold for years. I unfortunately married a man who like my mother never encouraged me to be artistic. It was not until my children were grown and I no longer had a husband, that I went back to my first love-art. It got a late start, but always encouraged my children and others to partake of artistic endeavers. I now have four book under contract with Melange Books, and three publishing houses vying for my biography true crime novel, “The Crime of the Century.” So my words to you all, is that no matter what road you choose, never forget your passion, and always keep it close to heart. Don’t let anyone or anything stop you from enjoying your natural talents. You might need to put art on a temporary hold, but don’t ever, ever, give up.
I hail from the famous Hocking Hills region of southeastern Ohio. I have worked in the blue-collar industry most of my life. Besides having several novels under my belt, I also canvass paint.
When not busy with hobbies or working outside the home, I spend time with relatives, my dogs Jasmine and Scooter, and volunteer my time within the community. I am a member of the Hocking Hill’s Arts and Craftsmen Association, The Hocking County Historical Society and Museum, and the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center. I believe in family values and following your dreams.
Poem from “Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between”-
An old man with so little to do.
Says he’ll paint a picture or two.
All the beauty he sees, he wants to tell.
Using God’s given talent, he does it so well.
With brushes swift and eyes so keen.
He captures on canvas everything seen.
Walking slowly, never hurrying by.
He sees what missed by you and I.
The trees adorned in crimson and gold.
A lasting remembrance for all to behold.
Lilies graciously waving in the wind.
Never to look this way again.
Roses drenched by the morning dew.
His skillful hand claimed that too.
Water, both rushing and still.
Power the wheel at the old Logan mill.
Sprinkling glitter on the new fallen snow.
Touched by the sun’s warming glow.
The golden sunset, slowly slipping away.
Bidding good night to another glorious day.
If he ever saw any ugly and gray.
He sure never painted it that way.
His brushes were put down, one by one.
His final masterpiece at last was done.
The face of the painter I so often recall.
As I admire his pictures hanging on my wall.
“Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between” is a poetry collection that provides a glimpse into the heart, mind and soul, of its author. It is a heartwarming read, written with love and respect for others. Some poems were written in times of sorrow, other poems were written in times of joyous celebration. Life if like that.
“Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between,” is available athttp://www.amazon.com/dp/147837022x
My upcoming novels from Melange Books are:
“MURDER MOST FOUL,” a crime/detective book due out September 1, 2013
“WICKED INTENTIONS” a paranormal/mystery anthology due out September 2013
“LOVES’, MYTHS’ AND MONSTERS’,” a fantasy anthology due out January 2014
“FLAGITIOUS,” a crime and paranormal novella collection
Other books soon available:
“THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY,” a biography true-crime
“TWISTED LOVE,” a true-crime anthology