|Words became magical for me at a very
early age. My father would crack puns over the eggs at the breakfast
table long before I knew what a pun was. Words were fun.
With age came a deeper understanding of the power of words. Deep
discussions with my parents at the dinner table or long talks about the
nature of the world at bedtime captivated my imagination. My mind could
go anywhere with words and of course I became an avid reader. The more
I read, the more new stories would grow within me.
Aside from my father, professor Ellen Arl at the University of South
Carolina Sumter was a great influence. Her class in advanced writing
scared some students enough to change their majors, but I was
determined. Though she never told me directly, she mentioned to another
professor that I had the potential to make it (as a writer). Ms.
Arl never knew that professor told me what she’d said, but those words
were a gift. Over the years they have continued to give me
courage to try, to find my own voice, and have confidence that the
words of my heart and mind could be a blessing to others. She
told us to write what we know, and I have.
I found within myself a deep passion for the arts. I had the
tremendous joy of sharing the treasures I discovered within my own
community by covering the arts for a local newspaper and writing
features. No story, assigned or discovered, was ever ordinary or
boring. I see God’s glory all around me and am honored when I can share
that vision with others. It can be in anything from a day at the beach
to the texture of fabric in a modern sculpture. Stories are everywhere,
but all stories revolve around people, a constant source of inspiration
Having the opportunity to help care for my parents during several
health crises has also become a source inspiration and blessing, and of
course, challenge. God has shown me that such journeys, especially for
writers, are meant to be shared as a way to help others.
Though I’m not a great fan of horror stories, I am a tremendous fan of
the writer Steven King. His book, On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft is
a masterpiece –simple, straightforward, usable, and real.