When I write a story, I hope the reader will find a bit of home within the pages. If the story can draw them in, they will want to get to know the characters and stay awhile.
Writing has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. For decades, I have taken pride in taking complex information and putting it into terms everyone can understand and absorb. After receiving a degree in journalism from the University of Tennessee at Martin, I worked in the news bureaus at two university medical centers. There I was able to embrace my love of science and research. Writing press releases and features about subjects like baboon to human transplants, and how radiation can float from an island in the Pacific to a sheep farm in Scotland, gave me an outlet to tell researchers’ stories to the general public.
Later, I became a reporter and columnist for the New Orleans Times-Picayune/Slidell Picayune/www.nola.com. I loved, loved, loved writing about the people who make my adopted hometown a vibrant and interesting place to live. My weekly column told the stories of its best, its brightest and some of its most beloved citizens. Currently, I am a columnist for Slidell Magazine.
My work and community involvement put me together with some pretty remarkable people. I am a realtor, an outreach mission volunteer, a member of the local women’s civic club, the founder/director of a synchronized lawn chair brigade and a past Mardi Gras queen. Most days, my husband is just happy when I’m home for supper.
I’ve heard it said that everyone has a book in them, waiting to be written. The people in my first novel started calling to me about five years ago, asking for some time and ink. I obliged them and “Weathering the Storm” was self-published in 2019. I have several novels in process and plans for publication are in the works.