People often ask how I started writing novels and how I begin writing each new book. I always tell them I don’t have much choice because characters invade my head space and start talking.
I have always written professionally. I started my career as a reporter and features writer for The Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the town where I was born and raised. I later became a contributing writer for their sister publication, Johnstown Magazine. But the career I fostered for over 40 years was that of a grant writer and fundraiser, first in Kansas City and then in Chicago. I always preferred to write my own funding proposals.
In 2005, I won 1st, 2nd and Honorable Mention for three poems, and had a poem published in a literary publication, Loyalhanna Review. It was a dream come true, but now I had a new goal: writing a book.
The decision to write my first novel happened in 2009, when I had an idea that would not allow me to sleep until I wrote it down. That novel, Manifesting Dreams, was completed while living in my getaway cottage set in the woods in the gorgeous Laurel Highlands, an area of mountains and valleys that are reminiscent of Ireland and Scotland.
There are always stories lined up in my head, waiting to be written, and characters that want to have their voices heard. Manifesting Dreams was followed by Designing Hearts, Listening for Drums, and Daughter of the Heart. My fifth novel The Irish Book Club of Dublin (Ohio) will be released in Summer 2023.
I now make my home outside of New York City in Darien, Connecticut. I welcome your comments and want to thank you for visiting my website!