I’m a native of Columbia, South Carolina, and consequently I’m often subject to a nostalgic longing for boiled peanuts, Lizard’s Thicket restaurants and the sound of crickets at night. I relocated to New England in 1999 for employment. In 2005, love of my supportive husband drew me to Massachusetts, where we now live in a suburb south of Boston.
I’ve worked in I.T. for twenty years as an analyst and developer.
Even though The Disappearing Act is not the first book I’ve ever written, it is the first I have decided to publish.
About my writing …
In elementary school, the teacher gave us all an assignment: write a story about a man who’d found the ability to disappear. I wrote and wrote and I haven’t put down a pen since. My various ideas, both profound and ridiculous, litter my house on napkins, paper scraps and notebooks.
About my influences …
Probably not the most appropriate reading material for a seventh-grader, but so it was.
I followed this up with Breakfast of Champions in high school, but didn’t do the book report, for which the school district was probably grateful.
As a pre-teen I discovered the sardonic universes of Kurt Vonnegut, which shaped my personality and outlook forever. In my adulthood I’ve been influenced by classic literature, comedy and speculative fiction. I can marvel at the creative genius of Margaret Atwood’s feminist literature one day and revel in Ray Bradbury’s allegories the next. With such literary heavyweights as my influences, I must confess to having read Groucho Marx’s autobiography three times. Never underestimate the value of well-written humor. A good laugh may not cure many ills, but it can make them the more bearable.