I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. My passion for books began at an early age and some of my fondest memories involve thumbing through the books that were on the shelves of my home in a modest middle class neighborhood. I quickly went through Nancy Drew mysteries, the Cherry Ames Student Nurse series, Zane Grey westerns and just about anything I could get my hands on. At the age of ten, inspired by the reading choice of my older sister Mimi, I read my first adult novel, Marjorie Morningstar. Although I didn’t understand a lot of what went on in the story (there was sex!), it was a revelation to me and after that, my reading tastes became more sophisticated, at least that’s how I viewed it.
My admiration of the authors who entertained me for hours on end led to a fascination with the written word and by the time I was in high school, I contributed to the school paper from time to time. I was particularly thrilled when my letter to the editor of the Baltimore Sun was accepted for publication.
When I was in my late twenties, I went to work as a radio ad salesperson for WKTK-FM and was shocked and a bit nervous when I learned that part of the job was to write the ad copy for the air time I sold. That quickly morphed into pride when I found I had a knack for it and my ads worked well for my clients.
In 1977, I moved myself and my daughter to the warmer climate of Southern California, where I teamed up with a friend who was a musician. He wrote the music and I wrote the lyrics. We did it for fun and our songs went over well when performed for live audiences. I still have the sheet music framed and displayed proudly in my home.
Always one who loves a story, I decided to pursue a career in acting and appeared in movies, on television and in commercials. I am best known for my role as Eliana on the popular daytime drama Days Of Our Lives. But the thing I really loved, the thing I really wanted to do, was to write a novel. It just seemed to be such a daunting task!
My first effort, a novel titled Robert, still resides on the shelf in my closet and perhaps one day I’ll drag it out and do a rewrite. The one thing it proved to me was that I could do it. The other thing it showed me was that story is more important than the time it takes to write it. So the next time out, I took my time and wrote The People Next Door. That one I deemed good enough for publication and it was my first foray into the world of indie publishing. Back then, there were no such things as eBooks. I published it through iUniverse. It’s still available through that venue in paperback and for a time, there was an eBook but it looks like they’ve taken that down. Don’t know why! Perhaps one of these days, I’ll redo it and republish through ARK Stories. But don’t hold your breath!
A decade passed and the eBook revolution started to take off. Working with my daughter, I helped to compile and edit The Virgin Diaries. We then formed our own publishing company, ARK Stories, and released The Virgin Diaries under that imprint. Ain’t No Sunshine: Men Reveal the Pain of Heartbreak was released a year later. Over the years, I continued to write and had at my disposal the seeds of what I thought would be great stories. I dusted off some ideas, went to work and produced Dreams and Nightmares. My next thriller, Crazy, was published about a year after that and Cooper’s Grove followed in late 2013. I’ve also penned a couple of short stories and have some ideas for future quick reads. Maybe one day I’ll put them all in one volume! You can check out all of the books at our ARK Stories website.
Let’s see, what else? How about a few little factoids.
- I love to take tests. I know, that’s weird, but it’s true. I passed the LSAT and was accepted into the Glendale School of Law, but I didn’t really want to go to law school. I just wanted to see if I could pass the test to get in. I took a course in real estate and passed the test on the first try, but never worked in the field. I didn’t really like it – just wanted to see if I could do it!
- I also like to play word games. No, actually I LOVE words games. I can get lost in them for hours. It all started when I was a kid and came across the game Jumble in the newspaper.
- I used to skydive. Biggest rush in the entire world! But that was back in my 20s when I thought I was immortal.
- I’ve had over 60 different jobs. Not nearly as many as Louis L’Amour and not nearly as adventurous and exciting, but here are a few: waitress, bartender, secretary, administrative assistant, radio ad sales, copy writing, cemetery plot sales (didn’t last long – it was a dead end), event planner, event coordinator, phone system sales, actor, swap meet merchant, wine consultant, telemarketer, blogger, automobile and truck sales, car and truck leasing and financing, and a bunch of others that I can’t even remember. But through all of them, I never stopped loving my first passion: the written word.
I’m still reading, I’m still writing and I hope you will enjoy my words.