Evergreen earned First Place in the Novel Category and in Book Design in the 2023 Delaware Press Association Professional Communications Contest. Published by Byzantium Sky Press, the book is available at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach and online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Writing is much like painting and can be a solitary creative process. Both provide ways to tell stories. I select topics for writing based on what I know or want to know. During the writing process, my imagination comes into play in developing scenes and dialogue. I write what I see and hear in my mind and let the characters guide me throughout the story and plot. I often use my understanding of art in describing imagery and characters. This is particularly true in my novel. Whether writing or painting, I try to remember Maya Angelou's statement, "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
I've always been a writer. In high school and college, I wrote mainly poetry. While studying languages at Georgetown University, I wrote poetry in Spanish and read and recited Spanish poems at special programs. Throughout my professional career, both in the private and public sectors, I wrote and edited a host of publications on diverse topics, including safety and health, environmental assessments, Latin American affairs, and Southeast Asian politics. I also managed a four-color magazine on worker safety and health.
After moving to Rehoboth, I began to focus more on writing for myself. I joined the Rehoboth Beach Writers' Guild when it was first established in 2004 and have been a member for the last 19 years. As a member, I have spent more time writing, taking classes, doing readings, interacting with other writers, attending free writes, conferences, and other related events. At the same time, I continued to travel and paint both in Europe and the US.
Because of my experiences as a guild member, I completed and published my first novel, Evergreen, as well as poems and short stories. My poem, "The Button Box," was a winner in the Random Acts of Poetry contest sponsored by the University of Delaware in 2016. My article, "I Could Go Anywhere on My Backyard Horse," appeared in The Chronicle of The Horse, May 25, 2006. My artwork is published in the anthology, Scenes: A Collaboration of Coastal Writers and Artists, and I participated in the collaborative poem published in the Guild Cento Flipbook. I am finishing up a children's book and have two other projects in progress.