I was auditioning to be in a choir directed by Gladys Knight. But I was very late for the audition. When I got there, the audition was over, but I could hear a group of people behind a closed door. The microphone was still on in the main room where the auditions had occurred. So I got on the microphone and started singing. Eventually, someone came out and asked me who I was and if they could help me. I told them I really wanted to audition for Ms. Knight. They left and came back a few minutes later and said she would let me sing for her. Bottom line? I got to sing for a legend, and I made it into the choir. True story.
Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer. (How did you decide to get started? Did you always know or was there a specific moment when you knew?)
I’ve always been a writer, and I wrote my first novel, Running Barefoot, simply because I wanted to prove to myself I could do it. I didn’t know how to get something published, and I was a busy mom teaching school, so I set it aside. Several years later, out of work with a brand new baby (child number four) and mounting medical bills, I knew I had to do something different. I wrote another novel, Slow Dance in Purgatory, and self-published both of them on Amazon. Fifteen months later my fourth novel, A Different Blue, hit the NY Times Bestsellers list, and I’m just trying to process it all. What a crazy, awesome ride it’s been!