If you asked my parents, they would tell you that I’ve always been a storyteller. Perhaps it started as talking my way out of trouble by weaving a tale or two, but eventually it grew into diving into fantasy worlds where I fought the Cyclons beside Captain Apollo and Lieutenant Starbuck; flew in an invisible plane with my BFF, Wonder Woman; or ran a multi-billion dollar oil company that shut down JR Ewing and his conniving ways. My mind never stopped… and it still hasn’t.
Storytelling is what I love, but I have to be honest: my first love was The Oklahoma Sooners. As their fight song says, “I’m Sooner born and Sooner bred, and when I die, I’ll be Sooner dead.” College football, OKC Thunder basketball, and The Walking Dead are some of the only things that can pull me away from either physically sitting down to write, or escaping into my imagination to see what new story, or perfect scene, I can come up with next.
I’ve been married for twenty-five years and am the mother to three boys (two biological and one through adoption). In 2008 our family suffered a loss. We had just adopted our youngest child, but after a two-year process, the adoption of two additional children fell through. I was heartbroken. I’d come to believe that adopting those children was my purpose and when it fell through I was left in a hazy fog of uncertainty. I used writing to cope.
Less than six months later I completed my first novel, Salvaged, and my new passion and purpose were found. I could process my own grief, internal battles, and confusion by writing about a character whose life had just imploded. Both that character and I needed to find our fight and come to understand our true worth. It was through writing that novel that I found myself and I found that words heal – both the writer and the reader.
Since 2008 my journey through the publishing and film worlds has been a challenging but exciting one.
Self-published three novels (Salvaged, Rise, Collision)
Created a web-series/proof of concept based on my first novel
Story-consultant on two films currently in development
Co-screenwriter of Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket
Currently writing a series of films for a production company
Losing Brave, YA novel co-written with Bailee Madison released in January 2018 by Blink YA/Harper Collins
The Presidents' Daughters Book Series
That’s a busy ten years and I can’t wait to see what more this journey has in store!