I'm under NO delusions that this will be the least-read page on my website. And that's totally fine.
It means I get to have a little fun with it.
Okay, so winking isn't really in my skill set. Writing is.
But it didn't use to be.
As a child, I struggled with multiple learning disabilities in reading, writing, and spelling. I hated reading and writing. In fact, I despised anything to do with school altogether. But my life changed forever when my mom forced me to sit down and read the Harry Potter series with her. She read from the first book aloud to me every day and then we took turns reading chapters in the second one. The third book I read aloud to her, for which she deserves many kudos because I had to sound out almost every word! By the fourth book, however, I was reading on my own. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was the first book I ever read completely by myself.
When I say that the Harry Potter books changed my life, I mean it literally. It was Rowling's ability to develop captivating stories that instilled in me the desire to discover more. And that's just what I did.
For years I read everything I could get my hands on. The Hobbit, The Giver, Ender's Game, Dragon's Bait, Where the Red Fern Grows, A Wrinkle in Time...anything!
Eventually, reading wasn't enough; I wanted to create my own stories. In order do that, however, I knew I had to improve my writing skills . So I got to it, dedicated immeasurable amounts of time to studying, and practiced until I couldn't keep my eyes open.
Through my hard work and perseverance (and a lot of support from my mom), I turned my biggest weakness into my greatest strength.
I even majored in English Education and taught high school English before getting my Master's in Curriculum and Instruction.
This makes it all sound easy, but I will tell you, straight up, it wasn't. Learning disabilities don't just go away overnight. In fact, I'd argue that mine never went away at all. A perfect example: I had to retype "completely" three times before I got the spelling right. I still have trouble managing my disabilities, but I've learned to utilize the tools around me so that they are not so debilitating.
Becoming a published author is literally a dream come true. It represents my determination to succeed despite adversity and that motivates me to keep writing every single day.
As someone who knows firsthand how difficult it can be to live with a disability, I hope my writing will someday inspire others to overcome their own perceived limitations and follow their dreams.
That's my story. Take me, or leave me - but I'd appreciate it if you buy some of my books, too!
Meet the Family
Today, I live in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with my husband, Ryan, and three dogs. Yes, I said three dogs...
While I'm talking about family (and since no one is actually reading this part of my website...)
I want to do a small shout-out to Ryan. I'm not always the easiest person to live with, but he does an exceptional job supporting me in all of my endeavors. Thanks for being my husband and always being willing to have fun with me!