Childhood is the single greatest experience of a lifetime. Surviving it with grace and dignity molds us into the adults we will someday become.
As a court advocate for children and families, a speech coach and a mother of four, I write with experience, compassion and hope. I tap into the dark recesses of human nature and expose the grittier side of life. This is where our passions lie–good and bad–buried deep within ourselves, yearning to break free.
Every decision we make is ours to own. The impact of those choices, our burden to carry or our right to rejoice. My mother was abused as a child. Her father was the town drunk. She chose to break that cycle of abuse and became a wonderful, nurturing and sober mother. This, despite her experiences, or most likely, because of them.
A writer friend of mine once said, “You don’t become great just because you desire it; you become great because you listened and learned and earned it.” Susan Sukosky’s words inspire me every day. They beautifully sum up the my life’s work and the struggles I have seen some overcome and some succumb to. Her words drive the transformations within the characters I write.
An avid gardener, I firmly believe that all people–like plants–are functional and beautiful if given the time and space needed to reach their potential. On the surface, an onion is ugly and potent. yet when it’s nurtured properly, it grows and flourishes and blooms into something beautiful.
May you all find the bloom within~
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