“My first inspiration for writing was while dealing with my mom having ALS. That was such a powerful and difficult experience on so many levels, and I felt compelled to write about it. I had actually been sending e-mails to my family back east for years about what was happening with my mom, and after she died, those e-mails became the basis for my book. However, actually writing the book began as an interesting story. After my mom died, I went to a medium hoping to get a message from my mother. And I did – I got a powerful and detailed message. In fact, I was so impressed, I signed up to learn mediumship. I was not very good at it – but at the class, three separate people came up to me and told me that the spirits they were talking to directed them to come to me and tell me that I needed to write “the book.” At the time, I wasn’t even sure what book they were talking about. Shortly after that, I retired and signed up for an online writing class. In that class, I found the motivation, inspiration, and drive to actually start writing a book of my mom’s experience with ALS and how it affected all of us – and that’s when I realized that this was “the book” that the spirits had told me I needed to write.
It was very hard to write her story, as I relived every difficult and painful moment. I cried through writing that book, but it felt so important to share her story. And I knew if the story didn’t move me and make me cry, how could it move my readers? So I kept it real and raw and painful, allowing the world to see what it was really like. Once that book was published, I felt compelled to write others, including a memoir about my own personal experience going through emergency open-heart surgery. I also felt compelled to write children’s animal stories about kindness, helping others, seeing the best in people, breaking through fears, and believing in yourself. I think it’s so important to put positive, happy, uplifting stories out there, especially for children, and I love sharing these stories with the world.
My best advice to aspiring authors is really three parts. First, read a lot and write a lot. Reading helps you know what you like and what you don’t, and it helps you learn to improve how to phrase, present, and describe things. Second, don’t compare yourself to others. Find your own voice, your own passion, your own style, and the things you want to write about. There will never be another person just like you, so be proud of who you are and develop your own unique style. And third, please use the services of a professional editor so that your work will be professional quality, which helps you be your best and more easily reflect what you are trying to say. You don’t want readers to get distracted by poor grammar or spelling errors or inconsistencies. A good editor is important.”