Writing is in my DNA...
I come from a family of gifted storytellers.
My great-uncle, Wilson Rawls, authored the classic boy-and-his-dog story, Where the Red Fern Grows. I think that book is on every American middle-school reading list. There are at least two movie versions of the story. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend that you do. The story, which is loosely based on his own boyhood, evokes a sense of nostalgia for a specific moment in American history when children could roam freely without fear; a time when the natural world was enough to keep the senses engaged.
My grandmother (Wilson’s sister) told me many times that I would continue the family legacy. I used to send her long, rambling letters which she mistook for writing talent.
I did love to write, but it never occurred to me that I could make a living doing what I loved. So, I did a lot of other jobs instead, including executive support, marketing, and office management. When my son was born, I started an on-call secretarial service so I had the freedom to set my own schedule.
I established a tiny office inside an Executive Suites and developed a diverse clientele. I worked with the usual attorneys and accountants, but I had some unique clients as well: a Bob Dylan tribute band, a traveling preacher, a microscope salesman, and a nonprofit dedicated to strawberry farming in China. Along with the filing and data entry jobs I was constantly given writing projects. My physical proximity to Hollywood brought me a fair share of industry folks, including a director who was an incredibly imaginative storyteller. I started out as his typist and eventually became a collaborator. I’m forever grateful for that opportunity because I got paid to hone my craft at his dining room table.
Fast forward a few years – my son graduated high school, I was no longer volunteering countless hours with the PTA, and the Executive Suites had closed its doors. I began working from home while acting as a caregiver for my father-in-law who suffered from rapidly accelerating dementia. His needs made it difficult to maintain consistent work hours, so I began freelance writing via an online platform. And I got clients! And they recommended me to their colleagues! And then I had repeat business – lots of repeat business! Within a short while I was designated a Top-Rated Freelancer on the site, and potential clients were seeking me out, instead of the other way around. That’s when I realized I was living the dream – today I am a working writer.
My business background has given me a lot of versatility as a writer. I am comfortable creating marketing copy, developing web content, or writing how-to guides. I have fun writing fiction and judging from the accolades The Clash Inside Me has earned, I’m pretty good at it!
My greatest gift, however, is being an intuitive writer. I am particularly drawn to the genres of memoir and biography. I have an uncanny instinct for understanding what people want to say about themselves but can’t find the words to express. It’s not unusual for me to reveal something to a client about themselves that they didn’t know. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “How did you get that from the information I gave you? You totally nailed it!” Those are the words I live for.
If you’ve read this far, I am impressed by your fortitude! Or maybe you just have a lot of time to kill. Either way, you now know what motivates me to write. Perhaps you have a project in mind? Click the CONTACT button at the top of the page and tell me about it. Just because you aren’t a writer doesn’t mean you can’t author a book.
If I can play a role in helping you develop your dream, then let’s talk.