You had to struggle to conquer drug and alcohol addiction. I think it was your passion for writing that brought you out of all this. What is your opinion?
I started writing stories as a little girl. Then 35 years of life happened and I put my passion for writing on the back burner while I existed in survival mode. I spent many, many years juggling my drug and alcohol addiction with corporate Intranet writing roles. While the ability to write came naturally to me, IT content wasn't exactly captivating. It wasn't until I ended my career with the IT world, sent my son off to college, got sober, and started remembering feelings and incidents from my past that my passion for writing re-ignited.
Would you like to throw some light on the major hurdles of your life and how you overcame them?
My entire life up to this point feels like it's been a never-ending sequence of hurdles. Or I guess I could think of it as a very long sequence of source material gathering for writing? In any case, having my writing read by people other than friends and family is what drives me now. I hope to spend the rest of my life writing about all the source material that I've been gathering :) I’m so thankful that I was able to pour my writing energy into a published book. “Fisheye” is my nickname by the way.
What’s next for you?
My next task is getting my writing read. The current self-publishing explosion has provided some much-needed exposure for writers, but it has also overpopulated the Internet with way too many books. Let's see if I can rise above the crowd.
I'm currently writing a story called "Spencer and Me" (to be published on Amazon in December) that further explores my relationship with my older brother who has Asperger's Syndrome. I touched on the subject in my memoir, but my growing awareness of it compelled me to explain more.