I hail, originally, from Oklahoma (Boomer Sooner!) and am part Native American (Proud Member of the Chickasaw Nation!). Following my husband's Navy career, our family lived all across the country and in other parts of the world; with his military retirement, we did huddle in a small apartment in urban Maryland and now find ourselves back across the pond. Our border collie Oakley and pastel calico Kona round out our empty nest and guarantee someone is always in need of attention (my husband included).
I love love love to read, and I know my writing improves from reading other authors—some in the women’s fiction genre, some because they are well-written or just plain fun.
In childhood, I devoured Hardy Boys Mysteries and works of fantasy, particularly Arthurian legends, such as the Mary Stewart series which includes The Crystal Cave. Today I still read mysteries, such as J.D. Robb’s In Death series, and fantasy, such as George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice series, but I also enjoy humorous and heartwarming stories such as Maddie Dawson’s Matchmaking for Beginners, Emily Giffin’s Something Borrowed, and Barbara Claypole White’s The Perfect Son. One of the elements I adore most about these authors is their talent for worldbuilding and setting and crafting characters who expand our expectations from protagonists and antagonists.
Give me Tyrion Lannister and Eleanor Oliphant three times a week!
I am currently a full-time student at Southern New Hampshire University. My major is Creative Writing with a concentration in Fiction and a minor in English Language and Literature—pretty handy since my two favorite things ever are reading and writing.
Truth is, I have been writing longer than many of my classmates have been alive and am more comfortable communicating with a keyboard than conversing face-to-face. Being an introvert and natural observer (airports are the best places to people watch!), I struggle to find a balance between my need for privacy and the requirement for a public author persona, hence my inadequate social media presence. This lack is something I battle with daily and hope to overcome to further my career.
My goal is to be a trade-published novelist. Even though self- and hybrid-publishing are the track du jour, my social media/self-promotion skills are pedestrian at best, and I have always dreamed of working with a literary agent and long-established publisher.
And to see my novels in bookstore displays.
Lots of them.
And Costco, too.
My writing focuses on what I enjoy most: quirky personalities, which can come off as cliched, and outlandish situations. Think: Lucille Ball with a Southern twang.
I can, on occasion, prattle on in circles. However, I am hyper-aware of the need to employ eloquent prose, exquisite grammar, and a clear message with just a dash of "Marnie magic."
My appreciation for thoughtful writing and outrageous characters extends to movies and television and some shows, quite literally, make my writer's heart go pitty-pat. For instance, I love madcap screwball comedy; I dig the Coen Brothers and The Big Lewboski in a fangirl-kind-of-way. Or the laugh-until-you-spit funny cast from the Greater Tuna series, about “Texas' third smallest town, where the Lion's Club is too liberal, and Patsy Cline never dies.” The character Vera Carp is comedic perfection, and the eulogy by The Reverend Spikes is brilliant as scriptwriting gets.
These days, when I am not on my keyboard or nose-deep in a book or splattered across the couch in a binge-watching coma, I enjoy yoga, digital photography, long walks, good conversation, and a roaring fire.