I have always loved to read, but I hadn't thought about writing until I was in the eighth grade. I had an exceptional eighth grade teacher. She required the class to write short stories. I loved the idea, unlike others. I soon learned I loved to make up my own stories. To this day I have some of those stories.
After marriage and 3 children, I began writing short stories after my youngest was in bed at night. This was my time to play. I loved this time alone, writing. Years later, I brought out one of these stories and decided to expand it into a novel. This was published in 2010. The story changed a lot, but my inspiration hadn't. It was about a young child who went to the hospital to visit her dying mother. She was so young she had no idea what dying meant.
In my book, her name is changed from Marissa to Maggie, now 6 in the book, which is For the Love of Lisa. Maggie still doesn't understand death. This is a book which touches readers' hearts. I get attached to my characters. My husband found me in tears as I wrote one day. He asked what was wrong. I explained something sad happened in the book I was writing.
Another example of how attached I get to my stories is that the family lives in Galena, which isn't far from where in live. Whenever I am in Galena I feel like they live there. I almost find myself looking for their old Victorian home. The cover of this book has a picture of the Old Victorian home which I associated them as living in this house.
How do I find enough to write about? Many times I have pulled things out of my memories of my childhood or adulthood with my children. For instance my kids skied at Chestnut Mountain in Galena. My youngest son commented to me that his little red plastic skies found their way into the first book. My oldest son's cat also found it's way into one of my books. A hidden door is in one of the books, just like one I read about as a child.
There are 4 books in The Carrington series. Many who read the first one want to read the 2nd one immediately. You can find For the Love of Lisa
here on this site under Books. All books I have published are there with buttons to buy directly from either Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
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