My passion for books began at a very young age before I was even able to read myself. I loved being read to by my parents, grandmother, older sister, and anyone who would read to me. Two of my favorite childhood books are Curious George by H.R Rey and Tiki Tiki Tembo by Arlene Mosel. I can still recall to this day how excited I was when I could remember and say, “Tiki Tiki Tembo no sa Rembo chari Bari Ruchi pip Peri Pembo”, Tiki Tiki Tembo’s full name.
Being read to as a child influenced me as I grew up. In elementary school, my love for books grew as did my writing. I wrote weekly letters to her pen pal in Mexico, Guadalupe, kept a diary, read the most books during the library’s summer reading program one year, and won the spelling bee at my small hometown’s 250th Anniversary Celebration in 1984. In sixth grade, I entered a poetry contest and one of my poems was chosen and published in a book. This is where my dream of being an author later in life began.
My love for books and writing followed me through junior high and high school years and beyond. My inspirational writing began in tenth grade with my first writing assignment in which my English teacher, Mrs. Mellon commented, “you have a beautiful style to your writing. It flows beautifully. Although you wrote about a very difficult and painful subject matter, you wrote it with grace…”
I rediscovered my childhood dream of becoming an author in 2015 when my heart sang out with joy upon seeing an ad on Facebook to become a contributing author to the book 365 Moments of Grace, the second volume in the bestselling 365 Book Series. Following my heart, intuition, and Divine guidance, I reached out to Jodi about my interest in contributing to the book and in doing so began my writing career as a published author.
I continued to contribute to the remaining volumes in the series; 365 Life Shifts: Pivotal Moments that Changed Everything, Goodness Abounds: 365 True Stories of Loving Kindness, and 365 Soulful Messages the Right Guidance at the Right Time. My personal quotes and wisdom are featured in the bestselling book, Soul-Hearted Living: A Year of Sacred Reflections and Affirmations for Women by Dr. Debra Reble.
Through my writing in the 365 Book Series, my healing work, and facilitating Warrior Goddess Training workshops, I was referred by a workshop participant to Dr. Geri Magee who was looking for co-authors to her book, Calling All Earth Angels and Healers, in I Am.
My first solo book, Behind the Masked Smile: A Survivor’s Quest for Love, will be released in late 2021.
I am currently writing my second solo book as well as in the process of writing another chapter for the collaborative book, Life is a Gift: Loving You \complied by Karajeet Kaur Shukla which will also be released in 2020.
So you see dreams do come true!