I want to start off by saying, "Hi!", and thank you for taking the time to visit my site, and, hopefully, for reading Talented! 

A little bit about me . . .

I started writing when I was in middle school, mostly poems and short stories, which my mother embarrassingly reminded me about in front of my entire family at Christmas dinner.  But Talented is the first full length novel that I've managed to put on paper, err rather computer.  It was actually my third attempt at writing a novel, the first two sounded good in my head, but didn't translate so well to print; maybe one day those ideas will come around too! 

The idea for Talented started several years ago when I was studying for final exams, and desperately needed an escape from reality.  Over time, and with lots of suggestions from very patient friends, the story developed into what is now, the first book in my Talented series. 

I decided to go the e-publishing route because I am an immediate satisfaction kind of person.  When I did my homework on the amount of time it takes to take a more traditional path, several realities hit home:  1) I might never find an agent willing to represent me, 2) No publishing house might want to put my book in print, 3) It's a very long process - and that is just the short-list.  I love to write and create stories and characters that, I hope yall will enjoy as much as I do, so I decided that the best course of action for me was to self-publish.  I recruited a handful of close friends and family members, some more willing than others, to help me with everything from holes in the story, to technical edits, to cover design.  The debt and gratitude that I owe to each and every one of them I cannot adequately express. 

Writing is not my full-time job . . .

But it sure seems that way. Despite the countless hours that I spend lost in Talia's world, I do have a day job.  Thankfully my flexible hours and work-from-home option, allow me to embark on this great adventure.

During my free time, I try to travel; I am slowly making my way through 1000 Places To See Before You Die.  I love to read, so I make sure to squeeze in a book or two a week.  My stories develop best when I'm running, which is good because it forces me to exercise!

Random parting tidbits about me . . .  

I am an obsessive list maker.  That being said, the fun for me is in the actual making of the list, so I create several each day, detailing all my good intentions, but I rarely get the satisfaction of crossing through the items to indicate that they were done.  I love old rap music, and have been known to bust out random lyrics when my brain goes off on a tangent in response to something someone said.  I quote obscure movies and revel in the odd looks people give me when they don't get the reference.  Speaking of obscure movies . . . my sisters nicknamed me T-bit when I was still a baby, because they swear there is a movie with a character named T-bit Timbuktu, but despite numerous Google searches, I've yet to verify that such a character exists.  Despite being a "jock" for my entire life, I am extremely uncoordinated.  The only souvenir I've brought home from several of my trips abroad is the gravel in my knees from falling while running.  And because I consider myself to be fairly athletic, I operate under the delusion that I will be great at any new sport I try.  In recent years, I've been proven wrong time and time again.  When one of my guy friends tried to teach me to play golf, the attempt ended in tears - his - when I nearly broke the head off his club. 

 Well, I guess that's it for now!  Check back in the coming weeks for excerpts and updates on Caged, the second book in the Talented Series . . . coming Spring 2012!

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