I had a conversation once with Lee Maynard who, in the brief span of time that I was in his life before he passed, impressed a great deal of information on my soul. If you’re not familiar with who Lee is or his body of work, you can literally get his voice in your head by listening to an NPR interview he did regarding his semi-autobiographical work, Crum. Lee was trying to convince me to write. I was trying to convince Lee that I didn’t work that way.
Lee, of course, was right.
But the conversation that left the deepest imprints had to do with my saying something like, “I don’t know if I’m qualified to be an author.”
He asked, “Who do you write for now?”
I said simply, “Myself.”
He asked, “Why do you write?”
I said, “Because I have to.”
He said, “Then you’re a writer.”
Where might you have seen my work?
Did you read all the grocery industry press releases from 2013 – 2020? Are you a fan of benefit plan information from random companies? Were you a recipient of one of the many “can you rewrite this for me?” emails from one of my friends? No?
You probably haven’t read my work, truth be told, other than what’s right in front of you now. I’m learning the writing business after capping a successful 28-year career in corporate communications. I’m taking classes across a variety of genres, participating in writing groups, and picking up the occasional contract gig when my mergers, acquisitions, and divestiture expertise is pertinent to business transactions.
In my fiction, I create authentic heroine characters based on matriarchs from my family history and re-envision historical events to inspire readers to take more risks, be more empathetic, love bigger, and create more positive experiences within their lives.