Welcome to this Author’s Lounge Club. First, I’d like to thank this Author’s Lounge Club for promoting my book “Gossip From Grannys Porch. This book has been hidden in my heart for many years. I never believed my book would be chosen by a publisher, to find itself being run through very busy machines, making so many copies for the world to enjoy. I might add that the “Granny” on the cover looks nothing like me. My hair is nowhere near that white!
From my teenage years, I’ve had a strong desire to write books. I feel as though I’ve lived an interesting and fun life (without sounding like a prima donna). Little did I know how wonderful my life would become, when God and his precious son Jesus Christ, entered my life. I don’t remember exactly when I accepted God’s love. I do, however, remember I was a much happier person. It was soon after that when I began writing stories about my life. The ensuing years found me writing more and more.
When I was a senior in high school, I also wrote a book, chronicling my teen years and boyfriends. It was during the summer, when I finished it. The last days of school were spent gathering papers and notebooks to take home. When I finally got home, I threw my paperwork into our burner can in the backyard, lit a match and tossed it into the can. A week later, I was looking for my draft copy of my book. I began to panic when I couldn’t find it. It took me several days to figure out that all my notes for that book had been tossed into the trash can and burned up. That was in June of 1959. To this day, it still bothers me that I spent so much time writing that book, all for naught.
Although boyfriends came and went, my love for God grew stronger. During the end of my high school years, I met the man who would be my husband. I was totally smitten by him however, after many years of marriage, I became a battered wife. Our marriage eventually ended in divorce. I took my three young children and made a better life for all of us. I continued writing, with the desire to one day become a published author.
During my first marriage, I had been involved in church, in upstate New York. After my divorce, my children and I moved to Florida, to be closer to my parents, who retired from their careers and bought a motel. I quickly found a job, thanks to a State Legislator who attended church with my parents. He offered me a position as his secretary/assistant and traveling was a key requirement. I learned a lot from that job. The stories I heard about bad things that go on in government were true.
I eventually took another job at a local newspaper. I didn’t know it at the time, but I would one day find myself in another small town, writing my own column for another local newspaper. I loved writing, putting my flare on my favorite subjects.
Throughout the years, I was so in spiritual love for Jesus that some people began to avoid me. They didn’t care how much I loved Jesus. The days became months and then years. I was sure I would die, never having found my soulmate. Yet, once again, God had a special life for me. That life was John. That life is still John. He has always treated me as though I was very special. Most importantly, he also is a born again believer. John doesn’t drink, smoke, or cuss.
I thank God for John. He’s so good to me and our children. So many of my life’s desires have come true. I attribute my wonderful life to God, whom I thank so very, very much.