I wrote my first book, Wollack the Witch, at age 7. Needless to say, this book is exactly what one would expect from a second grader. All 20 pages were little more than an anthology of girls names from the 80s...but it was a start.
I went to college in the mid-90s and there I wrote my second book. I had always thought of Universities as a petri dish for revolution and social change. At the time, UVA was brimming with tailgates, football games, Greek life and social clubs...basically everyone else's vision of college. So, instead of adapting to my environment like most students, I holed up in the library and wrote an 800-page political satire about our nation's obsession with political scandal. Amazingly, I found an agent for this book but she wasn't able to sell it to any publishers.
Fast forward twenty years. By 2018, I had quit my finance job, moved to St. Louis and found some extra time for writing. I wrote my third book (but really, the first book that anyone would actually want to read) about a family that disappears under mysterious circumstances. All the Hidden Pieces won the 2020 Missouri Author Project, and I was certain this was the start of my burgeoning career as a fiction writer.
Of course, that didn't happen at all. As we all know, in March 2020, a global pandemic kept us indoors for upwards of two years, and I stopped writing to focus on raising my three boys, which meant I became a homeschooler, short order cook, P.E. Coach, activities director -- pretty much everything except for writer.
In 2022, my children thankfully resumed their instruction outside of the house and I wrote Movie Stars Shine Brightest in the Dark. The words poured out after such a long writing hiatus. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.