I've been asked by many people what my driving force has been to write a book and see it through to publication. The truth is that I've always loved to write. I've been writing since I was in seventh grade and though it wasn't the main focus in my life until 2008, it has always been an outlet that I enjoy.
The death of a friend inspired me to start the book that became 'Finding Home'. I wrote the first few chapters then set it aside. A dear friend several months later saw some of my writing and informed me that I needed to be writing. I took her the first three chapters and asked her to review it. I told her that if, after reading it, she still thought I should be writing, then I would finish it. I still don't know if it was fortunate or unfortunate (), but Lois got back to me in a few days and told me that I needed to finish it. Once I dedicated a large sum of my time to the first book, I realized it needed to be published and shared with as many readers as possible. My family has been a great support for me through all of this. Without the love and support of all my friends and family, I could never have accomplished completing the first book let alone getting through the publication process. This has been a path of self-exploration and self-realization for me - I have found out just how strong I am and I have realized through this process that I can truly make anything happen...and that there are many more novels to come.
Several people have asked me if any of the characters in my books are based on real people - people from my life. In Finding Home, people who know me might see some similarities between the main character, Aimee, and me: Aimee is a single mother, she lived in the Boston area and was into rock climbing. But that's about where the similarities end. I've never been physically abused. My son's father is alive and well and is a good father to my son. None of my relationships have ended due to a death (thank heavens). I have a great relationship with all of my family and, thankfully, my mom is alive and well. The characters - in all of my stories - are unique to my imagination. Each one has many facets from my imagination combined with an attribute (or several) from various people that I may have observed at some point in my life. But no, none of them are based on real people.