My mother used to say ‘and that is why the cobbler's child has no shoes’. Why is it so difficult for me, a writer by accidently chosen profession, to figure out what to write on my website? I have no clue.
I didn’t plan on becoming an author. You know those people you see in line at the grocery store that are chatting away with everyone (and embarrassing their children), well, I’m one of those people. I like people. Never gave it much more thought than that. But that’s how it all started.
My life has taken a lot of twists and turns and I’ve found that I usually have something in common with just about everyone. Your kids are the best? Mine too! You went to the father daughter dinner dance and think to this day that it’s quite possibly the best date of your life? Me too! Catholic school? Me too! You’ve never been cool? Me either! Can’t sing, but do it anyway? Me too! A drunk driver hit your car and altered your life forever? Me too! You were put into hiding when someone escaped from a maximum-security prison? Me too! Figured out a long time ago that it doesn’t take any more effort to be happy than it does to be miserable? Me too!
Somewhere along the line I noticed that virtually everyone I traded stories with told me I should write a book. One day, I decided to give it a try. I figured it would give my grandkids something to do when they were older. They could tease their Seanmháthair (Grandma in Irish, I have it tattooed on my foot) about her stories.
I decided to go with what I know. The O’Flynns are a fictional family, however, I would feel quite comfortable in their home. I have raised my son and had a hand in raising a passel of other kids. I have a bunch of brothers and sisters, who in turn have a bunch of kids and are now being blessed with grandkids as well. I lost my mom years ago – and miss her every day - but my father is alive and well and a major part of my life. Although the O’Flynns are a product of my imagination, without my life experiences I could not possibly have created them.
I put Hot Tea out there and people actually read it. They sent me emails. They asked for more. Here I am - 200,000 sales within sight - still not really sure what happened or why, but as it is with most of the miracles in my life, I’m content with simply being grateful.
I hope this website allows me the opportunity to interact with those of you who have been so kind to me and are interested in my writing. You have motivated me to continue writing and to put my toe in other writing waters. While continuing The Tea Series and The Girls Series, I have also started writing another book in another genre. As I get closer to publishing I will be sharing more about that journey.
I expect to have guest blog posts from Cara, Mrs. O’Flynn, Anna and others. To contact me, simply click on the little envelope icon on the upper right of this page. I look forward to your comments and questions and the opportunity to say hello and/or add you to my mailing list.
Thanks for taking the time to visit this site. I hope you enjoy it.
Tea & Honey, the ninth book in The Tea Series is now available.