I will always be a writer.
I began writing before I was a teenager, in diaries, journals, trying out poetry forms, and making up small stories. Sometimes I drew pictures to go along with the text.
I started writing with more of a focus in the late 1990s, beginning with picture books. One story, OLAF’S DOOR, was published on a multi-media platform for mobile devices. It has since gone “out of print.” I wrote more picture books, none published traditionally, and learned how to make a story work.
Currently, I’m working on novel length mysteries for middle grade, with a three-book series in development. Two short stories were included in the collection “RIVER CITY SECRETS, Stories from Richmond,” published by Chop Suey Books Books in 2016.
I also write haiku, some of which I illustrate with botanical art. The form I use (there are many) is one line of 5 syllables, the second line of 7 syllables, and the third line of 5 syllables. The challenge of capturing meaning and imagery in a few words is a great discipline.
I have two stories in the anthology
River City Secrets: Stories from Richmond
for middle grade children
River City Secrets is a collection of twenty-four stories of imagination and adventure, each set in one of Richmond’s many popular historic locations. Written with children in mind, this is a great collection for adults, too!
Authors, all Richmond based, included: Kristi Tuck Austin, Elle Blair, Hazel Buys, Melissa Bybee, Deb Dudley, Robin Farmer, K.A. Herndon, Phillip Hilliker, Troy Howell, Erica Kirov, Lana Krumwiede, Stephanie McPherson, Brian Rock, Mary Helen Sheriff, Steven K. Smith, Chris Sorensen, A.B. Westrick, Vernon Wildy, Jr.
for Chinese Lantern
Bright bauble, paper light
for Brazil Nut
Dark crinkled giant
Heavy armor, forbidding
Bright red blossom, light green leaf
Carries pollen, shedding life
Until her day ends
David and Goliath
Last gasp before winter’s sleep;
Snow falls on silence