– The Accidental Author –
A letter to my readers:
Hey there, everyone!
I’ve been given the latest task in setting up my website, alongside the very capable, affable and infinitely patient Andrew Rudd, my web designer of Detail for Design out of Hamilton Ontario. (You can see for YOURSELF, he is also brilliant at design and cohesiveness!)
NEXT on the surprisingly long list—Drum rolllllll—
Create a post for the Bio/About page.
“How do you put all that info in a short, concise blurp without sounding like a noodle-head braggart?” I ask myself. SO, I am gonna do my usual style. SUPER casual, off the cuff, throw ‘er up against the wall, in no particular order and what you see is what you get.
A couple of ‘’rules’ I live by—
Passion, persistence and possibilities—my ‘3 P’s’ mantra.
“You must be 95% true to yourself. The other 5%, you must be 95% true to yourself.”
Also… On the bio side of things.
Hmm….Where do you start and what do you include when you are a mature adult, going on 44 in your heart, and you don’t want to bore your readers with a litany of I—I –I’s?
Suffice to say—
It’s all in the Trilogy. However. In aid of catching someone’s attention who just might have been this age or that when she/he thought ‘HEY, I should write a book!’…..I have to fill in a few blanks.
I began my novel at age 7…writing on fancy paper. Not that I knew my life, as it went by, was a novel-in-waiting.
From there I dabbled in writing at school (where I dropped out at age 16), in my work as an international sales manager/trainer/entrepreneur with ad copy and sales meeting/motivational/inspirational speeches and such. Letters to the editor were sporadically prolific, based on where I was in my life and what I was doing–and I DID usually make the roster. That was about it in the writing department.
Back on October 1st, 2006 I started an intended small family chronicle after a post chemotherapy/double mastectomy heart attack. Four years later (October 19, 2010) I came up for air and had a 1,000,000 word based-on-a-true-story manuscript on my hands. It was HUGE-too gigantic for one book, so had to hack it into three, maybe four. I am not there yet to know how many will eventually be in the series. SIGH—MORE work and I was tapped out after 4 years of furious writing…
Book 1 of the Trilogy was/is technically WRONG with oversize chapters and, just generally, an unconventional novel. I was too tired to worry about it and went with it as is. Book 2, Jwalking, will be better-technically. However—EVERYBODY who is engaged and reads Book 1, Call me J to the last page loves it. EVERY review is breathlessly-ecstatic. A few are featured here on the site. Go check’em out!!! HOW BLESSED I FEEL!
The lady behind the pen? I don’t know—what shall I say?
I am a changed woman from my working days when I was a driven, tenacious, internationally known entrepreneur and trainer of sales consultants, seller of fabulous innovative products and lines for over 40 years. I have even been called empire builder! Wow! Oh—I also dabbled in stage production, direction, choreography. THAT was FUN! Retired-before-my-time in 2006-to write.
My last WORKING position was Eastern Canadian Regional Director for a company out of Montreal. Along with a couple hundred of my peers (whom I greatly respect for having the GUTS and determination to sell sex stuff!), we sold lingerie and everything to enhance your love life. Yep. I sold—THEM! And was honoured to do so! Now—I am just a writer.
I am a proud mother of three, grandmother of three. A single widow..and a fresh new soul as a Gypsy lady travelling between Halifax and Ontario where I have beloveds in both areas. I have INTENT to live a long, happy life surrounded by riches—those riches being friends and family—Maybe a dog. A scottie.
I consider myself blessed as a survivor and warrior—allowed to stay on this earth to spread my message of hope, faith and love—through my work.
**On–what inspired me to write the trilogy…
“”””””The short answer is—The prospect of dying without telling my story…my mother’s story..
It was all an accident, you see!!!!
I was only to write a 20-30 page chronicle. I had no idea I would be writing a 50 year saga over the solid four years it took me–From October 1st, 2006 to October 19th, 2010.
Before launching into the journal (and eventually realizing-“HEY..I’M writing a BOOK HERE!!! (Which eventually turned into a Trilogy), I had never written anything past letters to the editor. However…I had a way with words, with imagery and the small details…
So, after a heart attack in the spring of 2006, when my own mortality hit me in the face, I was DETERMINED to honour my family and all the ”characters” in my life by writing it down before I had another one. Maybe a fatal one as my father had suffered in 1987.
I set out to write a small journal on my family’s history having no idea I had a book in my soul…and the ability, tenacity, passion and patience to write one…