I was born in Conyers, Georgia and grew up in, what was then, a quite rural and small close knit community. Though my parents made a good home for me, I kept a bed at many of the houses in the neighborhood and could lay my head wherever I chose. Growing up in such a way and in such a place provided a spring of experiences from which to gather rich and potentially terrifying stories drawn from the shadows of the wood surrounding our enclave.
As a child, I found I loved books and everything about them–the words, the stories, the feel of the book and the smell. At the age of six I created my own library and made my friends, who did not like books nearly as much as I did, check out books. I didn’t hone in on horror until the age of 8 or 9, when my grandma Flora and I began to exchange horror novels and listen to scary radio shows.
Before I came to work as an IT Analyst, I was a soldier, a librarian and adjunct professor at Texas Woman’s University. As a librarian, I authored and co-authored several articles for professional journals such as the Journal of the Medical Library Association, Medical Research Services Quarterly, and the Journal of Electronic Resources. I have presented at the Medical Library Association Conference, the Texas Gulf Coast Healthy Communities Partnership, and the Special Libraries Association Conference. I co-authored the book, Disaster Planning: a How-to-do-it manual, published by Neal-Schuman Publishers in 2005. I perform occasionally in Community Theater.
Now, at last, I am a novelist. I have completed my first novel Progenie which has been 10 years in the making. Now that I have found my footing, I expect to finish the follow-up, Unto the Mother in much less time. These will be the first two in a series following the Zen Slayer along her journey to full self-realization.
My earlier influences include Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker. They lured me away from my literary ‘junk food’ consisting of romance, horror, and thriller and provoked introspection and a new lens with which to view the world. Then came John Irving and his mentor Kurt Vonnegut whose books changed my life and tastes in literature forever. I am currently obsessed with Cormac McCarthy and most historical thrillers.
The authors I love and most admire take me beyond the story and make me fall in love with the written word and with the well-formed character. However, I still love the thrill of a good story. And so, you may find in my novels a heady brew of all of these influences with a touch of my own spice which I consider earthy, frank and, to an extent, ribald.