"I would teach all the other little girls how to dance and I would take good care of my health because there will never be another Shirley Temple."
Even though I had to ask my older sisters how to spell some of the words, the simplistic, innocent, sheer answer must have convinced the judges. Shirley sat on my bed as you see her here long after I went away to college. Did she inspire me when I was a child? You betcha. Winning her convinced me I could do more with pencil and paper. I wrote little poems to my Mom on Mother's Day and her birthdays. I wrote short stories and more poems when I was in high school during WW2, but they are shelved away for my children.
It wasn't until I retired that I had time to attempt to write for publication. I wrote a newspaper column called Reflections. When husband, Tom and I retired to Florida, I wrote feature articles for a regional magazine about places of interest in our locale. You might say I was a late bloomer in the journalism world, but I was convinced I could write when my first Historical novel was awarded a contract by Five Star/Gale Publishers in 2006. That book was Four Summers Waiting.
Yes, my journey may have begun with Shirley Temple, but I hope you will agree my work has evolved with a unique voice. Do look for the latest two novels, The Red Cockade, and Safe Harbor.