I grew up with my father saying that he was going to write a great science fiction book one day. He talked a lot about it.
He loved science fiction, and often on a Sunday morning when we were all lined up and finally ready for church (three of us were girls which took a while), father would be missing. Mother would find him hiding in the bathroom reading science fiction like it was a forbidden pleasure.
After he retired, he embarked on his great writing endeavor. One day he came to me and confessed that he had tried to write and couldn’t. He wanted to, but the words weren’t there. He threw the torch in my direction and became my inspiration.
One story attempt turned into a whole universe of people and events, then became a series. Caught In Time starts the series with a time travel adventure/romance on an alien planet. A Dangerous Talent for Time continues the story, and is about a wild Talent who can manipulate time and change the future. Cosmic Entanglement is about what happens when an alien probe crashes on Alysia. The consequent space program faces difficulties. Some won’t stop at murder to destroy it. Next, I wrote Past the Event Horizon that is a space adventure of a search for the aliens of the probe. Then Space Song tells how Richard learns that an alien invasion is likely and he must create a defense for the planet. In Touching Crystal, a comet shakes up the planet, and Richard Steele accidentally uncovers a smuggling operation of alien crystals that creates turmoil. Once I got going, I couldn’t stop and now I have Someone’s Clone and the latest in the series Time’s Equation.
Not done yet, I started a new series called the Terran Trilogy. A World Too Far is the first in that series and delivers the story of the Terrans from Earth searching for a habitable planet. The second in the trilogy is Somewhat Alien. Captain Elise Fujeint finds a habitable planet for her desperate fleet, but the natives, though human in appearance, are not welcoming.
Currently, I’m finishing up the third book in the series, The Weight of Gravity, that describes the problems of planet living for the space travelers and the threat of possibly more invading aliens before Terran and Alysian can even learn to co-exist.
My father has since passed away, but the day I proudly held that first book in my hands, I just knew, that while others were headed out to sing praises somewhere; he was ensconced on a cushy cloud, hiding out reading my book.
Another turning point involved my mother. She was not the avid reader that my father was. She knew that I had written a book, a science fiction book actually, but she is a doer type rather than a reader type.
Now, I was a newbie author at the time, even though I had taught creative writing and had a Masters degree in English. I would have been happy to see three or more people show up for the talk. I was still getting the word out.
The whole room of fifty plus chairs filled up. My mother got extremely nervous. I talked about the crazy business of writing, the wild ride of being an author, and a little about the books. I gave a lot of personal anecdotes that made my mother cringe, I’m sure. After the end of the presentation, many people came up to tell me how much they had enjoyed the talk. I sold every book I brought and then some. They were a warm and wonderful group.
And my mother was flabbergasted. She had no idea her first born child was a successful writer or would be so well received.
Some shocking personal information.
I stand tall…five feet eleven inches plus tall. But that didn’t stop me from doing stuff. Not able to travel in a spaceship, I did manage to solo a Cessna and copilot with my husband in our Mooney all over Florida, and beyond. Also, we raced our sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay when I lived in Annapolis, and during summer vacations, luffed about in the Caribbean.
One of my day jobs was as a stock broker for Legg Mason Wood Walker out of Baltimore, Maryland, and also at various times, a high school teacher and an art gallery manger.
Now, I snuggle indoors reading and writing, surrounded by tall Douglas Firs of the Northwest, creating alien worlds and thrilling to starship adventures.
A bulletin board on a highway originally sparked my imagination, and now I am publishing my tenth book.
Science fiction is my read, roses are my delight, snowshoe kittens Bubba and Beau are my joy, daughter Lauren, my love, and husband Bland, my rock.
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