"A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for."
It’s interesting to review the past and see how different interests weave themselves together to bring you to a place you’d never imagined you’d ever be. After going through some personal difficulties and eventually a life altering illness, I found myself writing my first novel.
Life isn’t easy. When it knocks you down - and it will - you must decide how you’re going to respond over the long haul. During my illness, I had two choices; give up or fight. Passivity leads to failure and I wasn’t ready to surrender. So, that meant I was facing an uphill battle with a body too weak and fragile to mount a decent attack. I was relegated to baby steps, and many days, even that was impossible. But through it all, God strengthened me to keep going.
After many tears, copious amounts of research, too many doctor appointments and tests to count, I was tired. Every single aspect of my life had changed. As such, my career was put on the back burner. Eventually, I felt led to write What If’s and then to see it published.
What If’s is the result of listening, seeking, and obediently stepping out into an unknown realm where I’d never ventured. One of my favorite quotes is from Grace Hopper. “A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.” I knew my ship had to get out of port. I had to push away from my safety zone and publish this book.
I attended West Virginia University (Go ‘eers) and received both bachelor and master degrees in Social Work. After graduate school, my husband Jeremy and I moved to northern Virginia. Several years later my son Wyatt was born. Currently, we spend a great deal of time in Hilton Head Island, SC. I may be an “Island girl” now, but I still love Mountaineer Football; I just watch it waterside.