Well, actually, the journey began back sometime around 1967. I was in 5th grade when a member of our cafeteria staff passed away. My teacher, Mr. Centauri, gave me the assignment of writing a poem to celebrate her memory at an assembly held in her honor. I did so, and recall being absolutely terrified.
As mortifying as it was for me to stand up in front of the school and read my poem, the thought that other people might want hear words I had written worked its way into my reality. I guess I became a writer that day.
Even long before that scary moment, I had loved the written word. My nose, as the cliché goes, was always buried in a book. Nancy Drew, Henry and Ribsy, Walter Farley’s Black Stallion and Flame, Marguerite Henry and her Misty stories and King of the Wind—all of these were my friends and companions. And who would ever forget Big Red and his sons, once they had met those marvelous Irish Setters? It was on that frightening day, standing in front of my entire school of peers, however, that I began to wonder if, someday, some child might pick up a book with my name on the cover, and make new friends of their own.
It is now many years and more than a few decades later, and I still quake at the thought of speaking in front of strangers (or even, to a great extent, friends). However, the written word still thrills me, and I dream that I might bring the occasional smile to a reader’s face.
Although fiction is my passion, I love to write anything that communicates a thought, idea, or emotion. Non-fiction, informational articles, copywriting, and many other forms of wordcraft have brought me many interesting projects. I also have a love for editing and grammar, have fun doing research, and enjoy expressing thoughts on social media and through blogging.
I’ve been thinking for some time about separating the writing side of my life from the animal communication work, and have decided, through this new website, to do just that. I hope to move more toward the fulfillment of my love of writing, while still being there for my animal communication clients and their pets.
As a friend on Facebook said, when I posted something about my Junior Handler stories the other day, “I didn’t know this about you!”
Well, my friend, now you do. And through this website, I invite you to know me even better.
If you need help with a writing job, please feel free to drop me a line for a free estimate. I’m always happy to help produce professional, polished, and effective words that meet your needs.
“I do not so much write a book as sit up with it, as a dying friend. I hold its hand and hope it will get better.”
― Annie Dillard, The Writing Life