Blog Hop: Day 1

Hello, and welcome to the Getting to Know You Blog Hop. I was chosen for this event by Vicki M. Taylor,, an author and blogger.  She created this hop and made it happen for me along with other talented authors/bloggers.

There are an eclectic choice of bloggers for this hop and it will run from today to February 1, 2013, so each day, I’ll be posting something more about myself as well as hopping to my fellow authors’ blogs.  I’d like to thank Vicki for inviting me to join in this exciting experience!

Let’s get started on getting to know me.

Where are you from?  I’m from Portsmouth, Ohio.  It is a very small town on the Ohio River.  My high school graduating class had 32 people in it, if that tells you anything.  I’m a rural Ohio girl turned author.

When and why did you begin writing?  When I was in the second grade, my best friend and I made up skits and presented them to our peers at the end of the day.  In middle school I participated in puppet shows at church.  I’ve been in countless plays, some of which I’ve directed, others I’ve written and directed.

When I was 16 I had a very vivid dream.  I woke up in the middle of the night and wrote down as many of the details as I could.  From that, I wrote my first book.

In high school and college I wrote poetry and more scripts. Post college, I wrote a play for a church in Southwestern Ohio, where I lived at that time, and it was a huge hit.  I wrote skits for church events also.  However, there are many writing projects that have met their end in my moving back and forth between Southern Ohio and Southwestern Ohio.  I had to learn to travel light because I never seemed to stay in one place for long.  That’s what happens when you go through a divorce.

My areas of studies in undergraduate and graduate school focused on writing nonfiction, of course, but once I finished with that, I focused my attention once again on fictional work. 

What books have most influenced your life?  When I was in high school, Emily Bronte’ was one of my favorite authors.  To be honest, though, I didn’t have a lot of time to read for pleasure in high school and college, so I can’t think of any one book that influenced me.  Right now is when I’m forming favorites.  Goodreads,Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn have been very useful because it’s introduced me to new, talented authors as well as veteran writers.

Thank you for reading a bit about me and I’d like to introduce you to other authors along this hop. Their links are below:–simplify.html


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