I have been an avid reader as long as I have been reading. It was never something that I dabbled at or followed on a whim. It has been a consistent standard of my life since childhood.


While I have always enjoyed, and often been challenged by, reading, I never thought of myself as a writer. Maybe a journaler, or private poet, but not a writer.


All of that changed in November 2007. My family and I visited the Titanic exhibit the day after Thanksgiving- the busiest day of the year for museums- where my mother was given a Titanic boarding pass for Jamilia Yarred. Jamilia was a 14- year old Lebanese girl traveling with her 12-year old brother and no parents. I left the exhibit with one burning question, how could this happen?


Thinking that I could do the research, I asked a friend who is a writer to help me. Together we would unravel the mystery and tell the story. My friend was not able to finish the project, but she did encourage me and teach me a lot about writing.


I completed ‘Journey to the Titanic: The Story of the Yarred Family’ in June 2011. It was one of the most rewarding and challenging things I have ever done.


While doing re-writes of ‘Journey’, I tried my hand at children’s books. ‘Camel Safari’ is a book about the family's trip to Egypt in 2010 that I would like to see published.


I’ve joined Wyoming Writers Inc., attended three writing conferences, and a local writer’s group. It seems this is something that I like to do, and if I work at it maybe I can do it well. There are lots of things that I like to do, so maybe I’m a ‘jack of all trades and master of none’. 'Ride to South Pasture' did win 2nd place in the 2012 contest for children's literature.


Christmas 2011 we were in Charleston where I picked up a book by William Gilmore Simms, the father of Southern Literature. Simms is my writing hero- I want to write like him.


Below I will soon have links to some of my writing. I hope you enjoy the way I put words together.

Story about zithers from a writing workshop

Travel Bingo is a great way to make the miles pass faster on a car trip.



Journey to the Titanic: The Story of the Yarred Family
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Maybe William Gilmore Simms wrote about this mansion outside Charleston.