First, I want to thank the other Lady Scribes for inviting me to join their blog. It’s so great to be here among all these talented ladies. Many of them I’ve already read their works and truly admire and the rest I’m looking forward to digging into their books and blog posts and getting to know better. On that note, I thought it might be fun for my first post to tell you all some little known facts about me, things you might not be able to find out through venues such as my website or other social media channels. So here we go!
I’m a music buff. Okay, that’s not quite true. I do love music, eagerly absorbing all kinds and concocting playlist after playlist, but if pressed I would be the first out in Fox’s old Don’t Forget the Lyrics show. In fact, my husband loves to tease me about how I tend to make up my own lyrics to a song (don't even ask me who the band is!). The only time I can beat him at this game is when the song in question is from the stage. Growing up in a small town with a highly recognized music school (The Crane School of Music) allowed me the opportunity to experience many live musical productions. Even before I became a book connoisseur (okay, devourer) I was a musical junkie. I think the musical was the first artistic venue where I truly let my imagination take flight. I’ll never forget how the house lights would dim and I’d hold my breath in anticipation of those first drifting notes from the pit crew. Then, for the next hour or two I’d dream. What if that was me up there on stage? What if that was my story? What if… What if… Oh yeah, heady stuff for an imaginative young girl. I don’t get out to musicals much anymore, but I do still dance around the house humming along to the notes of my mind’s own orchestra and sometimes… well sometimes the dreams I dream drive me to tap out some music on my keyboard too!
I’m a pasta freak…and it’s killing me! See, I’m trying to wean myself off refined white flour. It’s all part of my “eat healthier” resolution. That means that all things yummy from cupcakes to Italian bread to pasta is pretty much off limits. And yeah, I’ve tried the whole-wheat kind, but though high in all those good kinds of things like fiber, it doesn’t hold the same sort of comfort food standard that I need when I’m craving those carbs (something that happens a lot when a story is not going the way I want it!) So, if you have any healthy suggestions to help stop the cravings, please let me know!
I think I might have MPD (multiple personality disorder). I’d like to say this diagnosis is limited to two personae—the wife, mom, and respectable PTO board member living opposite the gleefully viscous paranormal romance author who tortures heroes and heroines alike—but beyond these fronts, is a whole other level of dark. See, lately I’ve been positively entranced with reading and writing the types of stories that would keep any sane person up at night, which is kind of ironic since….
…I’m scared of horror movies. Witches, vampires, zombies, ghosts and all those other baddies that go bump in the night? I’ll read ‘em, write ‘em, but go and see those monsters on the big screen? No way. For years I tried to pretend I could handle it. My friends all loved these kinds of ghastly productions and my hubby? Well when we first started dating he thought it was a great excuse to get me to cuddle up real close to him. He was right. What he didn’t count on was later, after things got serious, being introduced to a night of tossing and turning because I couldn’t purge the nightmares from my mind, or the hike in the electric bill because I had to have every light on in the house just to take a late night jaunt to the bathroom! So no more horror movies for me…I’ll stick to writing about them thank you very much.
So that's it, some of my deepest darkest secrets. Feel free to ask any questions or, even better, perhaps you'll be brave enough to share your own little known secrets!