Taking The Bull By The Horns

DSC00799Since most of my readers do not know me personally, I feel there is something you should know about me from the start: I do not go quietly into the night.  My family knows that, as do my friends, as well as everyone at the schools where my children attend, the parents of my Girl Scout Troop, my summer camp staff, my editor, and my cover artist.  I will fight to the end for what I believe is right, especially if it involves someone I love (and that includes my books and also you, my dear readers).

I may not always be the most tactful, and yes, sometimes I grab the bull by the horns before making sure I’m secure in my seat, but I do try to make things right no matter what the outcome of the fight.  I hold no grudges, and I think that’s important for everyone to know.  I can look you in the eye and tell you what you may not want to hear today, and then I will happily share a cup of coffee (or in my case, tea) with you tomorrow, all bad feelings aside.  If you ever hear that I’m talking about you behind your back, don’t believe it because trust is essential to me, and whoever has told you that is not somebody I would have entrusted information to in the first place.  I am what you get, and I live by nobody else’s rules or expectations (except,of course, my Divine Creator).

I tell you this because you will, no doubt, recognize these traits in all of my protagonists.  As a suspense writer, there is the ever present element of trust (and of course, mistrust) in my books, and the characters are always up against a brick wall in one way or another.  Rest assured that whether it’s Susan fighting for the lives of Cassie and Ellie in A Place to Call Home, or Eric fighting the ghosts of his past while Julie fights the terrors of her present in my upcoming novel, Picture Me, there will always be a bit of a tiger in my heroes and heroines.  After all, they have been created by and are all a part of me.