|me & Robin the day before surgery|
I always loved writing from the moment I wrote my first poem about a stinkbug at age four. I became a writer for my high school newspaper and later wrote three books for young children which were promptly rejected by publishers. After that I put my writing aspirations aside and focused on raising my son and dealing with my illness---a rare, incurable kidney disorder.
A decade later my health started declining rapidly. I was going to die unless I got a new kidney. My best friend, Robin, had herself tested and turned out to be a match. She not only gave me a new kidney, but another chance at life. I was inspired to return to my dream of becoming a writer and within a few years, I completed the novel that I never thought I'd be able to write.
Now I want to spend the rest of this life I've been gifted with writing---setting free the stories that have been alive inside of me all these years. =)