A nurse turned writer, besides authoring this blog, I enjoy writing crime, women’s fiction, and non-fiction essays. Although retired for some time now, I hold a masters degree in nursing from the University of South Carolina.
A member of the South Carolina Writer’s Workshop, my work has been published in numerous magazines and journals. Including, All Nurses, Blasting News, Angie’s Diary, Every Writer’s Resource, Every Day Fiction, Downer Magazine, WOW – The Muffin, featured on No Extra Words Podcast, Dream, Write, Thrive, and Centum Press 100 Voices Anthology, VOL. III.
I currently reside in South Carolina with my husband and my Bichon Frise, Piper, where I have just completed my first novel, HELLO HELL. Currently working with an editor and hope to have it out soon.
I am a conservative, southern woman, a mother, grandmother, and a retired nurse, having worked in the profession from 1972 until 1995. Reading, writing, family, and friends are my passion, not necessarily in that order. I enjoy politics, and although I am a Fox Fan, I do have my own opinions.
Our values, beliefs, and opinions are the foundation of who we are, or ultimately become. A few of which I’ll share with you:
- I believe family is the foundation in which our country will either succeed or fail.
- I believe we all must be kinder than necessary to others. Everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
- I believe an impulsive, short-term goal, at the expense of a long-term goal; will cost you something, which matters much more in the end.
- I believe we would be better off if we returned to the old-fashion values of honor, respect, integrity, hard work, gratitude, and appreciation.
- I believe in friendships that last a lifetime.
- And, I believe words matter, that they can change the world.
Thus, my love of books.
I grew up cutting my teeth on the covers of my mom’s Book of the Month Club selections. As soon as I could read, I did. Inspired by her passion and encouragement, I devoured everything in sight. Mom never censored the books we read and mysteries, thrillers, true crime, romance, and literary fiction, with an edge, became my favorite genres. Endless afternoons lost in another world became my routine growing up, fueling my imagination.
Later, I began sneaking away and climbing the fence into the cow pasture. Sitting by a stream, underneath tall oak trees, surrounded by white and black cows. I filled journals with poems and short stories, and lamentations of life. It was the beginning of my writing career.
The adage, “Southern women don’t gossip, they just tell it like it is,” pretty much describes me.
Many of the stories I write reflect my Southern roots and the people and events, which impacted my life. I write short stories, murder mysteries, flash fiction, literary, dark fiction, and humorous stories based on my days in nursing.
“Southerners love a good tale. They are born reciters, great memory retainers, Diary keepers, letter exchangers… great talkers.” Eudora Welty
I tell it like it is with a bit of twisted humor with the occasional murder, on the side.
Ernest Hemingway said, “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”
For me, I’m giving it my best shot, and I hope you will join on the journey.