I was born April 21, 1971 in Baltimore, Maryland, but I grew up in Glen Burnie. I also spent plenty of time with my paternal grandparents in Manassas, Virginia, so I feel like a native Virginian as well as Marylander. I’m very proud to be a Southern lady. My paternal granddad once told me, “Never forget you’re a Southerner!” And, I haven’t.
I married my husband, Eric on September 24, 1998. Together, we are the parents to several cats and a dog. You can see them by clicking here: My Family. Eric and I share a love of animals, classic cars, NASCAR, monster trucks and more. Together we have four cars we are trying to restore- his late grandfather’s 1969 Chevelle (no, it’s not for sale, so don’t bother asking.. lol), my first car which is a 1978 Buick Skyhawk, my 1970 Oldsmobile Delta 88 and my late Granddad’s 1969 Plymouth Fury.
I enjoy electronic gadgets, reading, music, crochet, knitting, movies, yard sales, learning about the Victorian era and exploring my Native American Indian and Irish heritages. My paternal grandmother’s grandmother was full American Indian, so I admit, I don’t have much in me, but I’m proud of it anyway. My husband is mostly German (as am I), so we also enjoy exploring that heritage as well. We enjoy Oktoberfests, but they aren’t overly popular where we live.
I’ve enjoyed reading (especially scary/suspenseful stuff) and writing as long as I can remember. I honestly never expected it to be a career, even though I always had a fantasy of being a successful writer in the back of my mind. In eighth grade, my junior high school had a poetry contest. I won first place. It was a huge confidence booster for me. I wrote a few more poems through high school, and thoroughly enjoyed creative writing classes. After graduation, I only tinkered with the occasional poem until I met Eric. Then, I wrote quite a few poems. Some of the poems I wrote for him as well as other poems have been published at: www.Poetry.com
In 1999, I started a small ministry for people with depressive disorders. I suffered all my life with depression, so it seemed the natural thing for me to do is help others conquer depression as God helped me. I discovered during this time that the little bi-monthly newsletter I sent out was my favorite part of running this ministry. I wrote the entire thing, and coming up with little encouraging articles was my favorite part. I gave up that ministry in 2002, and began writing more, as that is where I felt God was leading me. I really got serious about writing a couple of years later. One day, I was working in one of our gardens outside, after cleaning our house. As I was digging around, I told God, “I can’t wait ’til tomorrow when I can goof off and write instead of working all day!” Loud and clear, I heard His voice say, “Writing isn’t your reward- it’s your purpose.” I never heard His voice so clearly before, so I realized the seriousness of this calling, and decided it’s time to focus on writing to glorify God. I have asked for His guidance on what exactly to do, and He has given it to me. The more time progresses, the more unique opportunities come my way. I have edited manuscripts, college papers, and written articles, legal briefs and resumes. Those jobs gave me experience, and I have since decided to focus on writing books as well as articles for this site.
My heart’s desire is to help people with my writing. I hope to help people grow closer to God, as well as to write entertaining stories to enable people to relax- both in the hopes of helping create more joy their lives. I have loved animals (admittedly, more than many humans) since I was born, and I also plan to use my work to help people realize that animals are God’s gift to humanity, worthy of our love and respect. Having suffered abuse in my life, I also desire to help other abuse survivors heal and thrive with writing about many of my experiences.
In 2012, I developed Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or C-PTSD as a result of surviving narcissistic abuse. Recovery from narcissistic abuse and teaching others about Narcissistic Personality Disorder are currently the main focus of my writing.
I am truly grateful to be able to do what I love, and earn a living at it. God is so good!