grew up in Kuna, Id and lived there for the first 11 years of my married life. We moved to Meridian a year and half ago and although I do love our original town, we absolutely love it here! We have enjoyed being so close to everything as well as the abundance of choices in the school district.
Sure! My family is the reason I get to do what I do. I’ve been married to an amazing man for 12 ½ years now and have two beautiful children. Most people start writing when they’re young, but that was not the case with me. I was a theater major and vocal performer. I still teach voice lessons in fact. Beginning a book was a constant nudge that came out of the blue and wouldn’t go away no matter how many times I told myself that not only was it insane, but I had no idea how! I quite literally opened the laptop that first day to get my inner voice to “shut up”. HA! Turns out, I can write and I love it. It’s exactly what I should’ve been doing from the start and it’s a perfect platform for my gifts and all those things about me that I used to think just made me a little weird. I’m normally inspired by people or places, I write a story and then put a cover with it. But for The Wizard’s Heir the inspiration came a little backwards. I saw the original piece of art first in Phatpuppy Art’s portfolio and knew I wanted to write this boy’s story. I bought the cover immediately and then wrote the book around the amazing character the artist had managed to capture. My first piece of advice to new or aspiring authors is always, finish the book! What makes a novel truly come to life is the editing. But too many look at what they’ve done, decide it’s not any good and quit. Many aspiring authors have piles of half finished manuscripts and nothing more. Finish that book, then edit it—as many times as it takes . Watch your art morph into something you didn’t know you were capable of. The second piece is, stop comparing yourself to other writers. Learn from, but don’t compare. My favorite place in Meridian would have to be The Village. I LOVE The Village. LOVE IT. During the spring and fall I am frequently found working over there, watching the fountains or recharging my laptop at Le Crème. I love the theater too, reservations for movies are the best thing since sliced bread. ( I can show up 5 minutes before the movie and still sit with my family!? What???) And the food, yum! My kids love it when I take them and no matter what we’re doing we absolutely have to stay until the fountains dance. My husband and I are total foodies as well so we love the assortment of restaurants. And although not located in The Village, we spend entirely too much money at SaWaDee. One of my favorite things to do are school visits as an author. I love talking with the kids, not only about what I do, but what THEY can do. I really enjoy laying out the lengthy process that is writing a book and showing them that if they are willing to work, they can accomplish what they want. Dreams are great, but only when driven by work. I’m traveling to Washington for a week of school visits in March and although long trips like this are limited, as a citizen of this community I will always be available to requests from local schools and organizations. I think it’s so important to inspire and teach young people. You never know the great things they’re destined to do.
Venture Meridian Magazine March 2016
Venture Meridian's March 2016 Issue