I am a writer. It takes a lot of courage for me to say that as nothing I have written has ever been published (until I self-published), and I have a stack of rejections to choke a pig. Nonetheless, my writer friends assure me that “I write, therefore I am a writer.” All of my stories (so far) are all set in the real world but contain romantic and fantastic elements applicable to a variety of genres, so I can best define my chosen field as romantic fantasy. I read it, I watch it, I write it.
My non-writing persona is primarily defined by being a mother, wife, daughter and friend. I have two sons: the older one in graduate school and younger one in college. My husband and I met at 18 and 19 respectively and so continue to grow up together after 30 years of marriage. It will not take long for anyone to realize that I am a southerner, born and bred in Nashville, Tennessee and currently residing in a small-town suburb of Atlanta called Suwanee.
Professionally (and I use the term loosely) I have ancient Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees (1981) in English from Emory University. Writing is the only truly related career I have used them for, although the knowledge and skills I gained while pursuing them have been useful in 14 years of selling college textbooks and 7 years as a special education, inter-related paraprofessional.
Finally, my interests are as varied and difficult to pigeonhole as the genre in which I write. I enjoy cooking, and according to my fans, I make the best chocolate chip cookies and brownies around. I used to love gardening and read voraciously on the subject until I developed a nasty allergy to the ubiquitous (in Georgia) fire ants, and now my family refuses to let me outside at the risk of a 911 call. I am reclaiming reading as a focus after so many years of falling asleep over books as an exhausted mom. While writing is my primary non-mom, non-work interest at this point in my life, I have at various times focused on crocheting, cross-stitch, art, music, and whatever topics have been of interest to my family including: baseball, football, dinosaurs, elephants, turtles (real and Ninja), superheroes, dragons, swords, Barney and Thomas the Tank Engine. I have been room mom, baseball mom, hockey mom, soccer mom, band mom and football mom. I coached Odyssey of the Mind for seven years. As a parapro in an elementary school I met a Star Wars club for 4th and 5th graders during recess on Fridays called “Force-d Recess.” This club has fallen away as a result of county budget cuts, which mean that I am the only parapro and so have no time for anything else. Pity.
I have a particular interest in heroes and refer often to Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey in my thinking, writing and speaking. I have started a book on American Mythology, currently shifted downward in the “To Be Finished” queue line.
Movies, television, and books are my refuge.
Favorite movies: Too numerous to name, but certainly Lord of the Rings and Star Wars are at the top of the list.
Favorite TV shows (currently) : Castle, Blacklist, Outlander, and Game of Thrones.
Favorite books: Jane Eyre, Great Expectations, Lord of the Rings (All three), Harry Potter (1 and 6 are my favorites), Pride and Prejudice, and as I have said Game of Thrones.
If you took the time to read this then you know me pretty well by now. I would like to know you as well, so please leave a comment.
Best to all,
P.S. Finally got tired of trying to find a publisher and self-published Soul Lost in 2013.
P.P.S. As of Nov. 18, 2015: Megan’s Christmas Knight has been published by Gilded Dragonfly Books.