I fulfilled a lifelong dream of publishing my first book two years ago. My three books, If These Walls Could Talk. Angels For All Time and The Grand Adventures of Eccentric Aunt Cecil were released through Publish America, now American Star. My fourth book, One Woman's Revelations, is self-published on Amazon and available in paperback and Kindle.
I reside in Dublin Virginia, in the heart of the New River Valley, but was born and raised in Southampton County. My enthusiasm for books began when as a young girl I spent afternoon after afternoon reading at the local library. My love for the written word inspired years of writing short stories. Some of the content in If These Walls Could Talk came from childhood memories of my beloved hometown, Franklin, and the lovely Victorian houses along its avenues. As a matter of fact several of the streets and homes came easily to mind as I was writing even though the book is based in St. Charles Missouri.
I am married to my soul-mate, Al Diamond and have two great kids, Annie and Randy. My oldest grandson, ten year old Zachary, is an inspiration to our whole family, Dylan our second and the sweetest toddler you could ever meet turns five in September and a delightful gift from the Lord as is our third sweet boy is Kaden who turned three in April.
I believe in God first and have been truly blessed these past years as He has allowed me the time and the words to create on paper what I feel in my heart. My second book, a children's story, Angels For All Times is a work that I am pleased to say is a spiritually uplifting book for children as well as their parents.
You can read some of my work all throughout the website and it would please me if you emailed me what you like or dislike about the site and my writing!
When I was a child we took my grandma to the mountains on a family day trip. She had never been before and I remember that she was nervous as we approached our destination. Another thing I remember is her telling us how surprised she had been that the road went around in curves and not up and down with the lay of the hills. Her preconceived notion was not exactly reality and it changed her opinion of and desire to revisit with us again. I guess she enjoyed the trip. We all have preconceived notions about what we believe to be true, what we think about people we know and about what we think of people (or groups) whom we do not know. As a child we perceive time to move at much slower pace than it truly does even to the point of seeing a mature adult more elderly than they really are. The ripe old age of sixty looks entirely different when you are fifty-nine, than when you are nine years old.
People who are close to me know that I am a Virginian through and through. People who do not know me as well may perceive me to be southern which would be true. The question is what is preconceived as a "southerner"? Is it drinking sweet tea, loving grits, fried chicken and cornbread? Or maybe it's speaking with a drawl, loving the simplicity of the country side, and going barefoot. Whatever is preconceived about being a southerner would most likely be what someone who doesn't know me would think. The truth is I do not like iced tea, but all the rest, fits me to a tee. So I am both Virginian and southern, and proud of it. (Disclaimer, there are many varied and amazing qualities to being southern, too many to list here and now.)
Another preconceived notion that some people have is that of being a Christian. Some people base their opinions on very little real knowledge, others, by what they see and hear from those that call themselves Christians. Speaking with someone not too long ago I realized what an impact our actions, our voices have with those who have a preconceived idea of what and who we are supposed to be as we go about in this world carrying our banner of the cross. We obviously are doing more harm than good when we visit church on Sunday but show up at the restaurant on Friday night with someone other than to whom we are married. Going to bible study on Wednesday night but caught stealing from the place of employment does not show Christians in either, good nor real light. To reach a world with preconceived notions about what it means to be Christian we should approach with caution, watching our words and our actions.
I asked my husband what he thought of me (his preconceived idea) when he had first met me and how he felt now when he considered who I am. He answered easily saying, "You are full of life, a giver, a writer, mother and sister and most of all a Christian through and through. I was really pleased by his answer and yet I had to push him one step further. Asking him if he thought I was "southern" he grinned and replied, "My preconceived notion was this woman is country to the core, but I have come to know you and yes you are as southern as anyone else from Virginia." I have to admit though that I was really complimented by his conceived truth that I am a Christian...