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I was born in 1942 in a small town in Nebraska, to German Immigrants. We were very poor and from the “wrong side of the tracks,” as it was called in the 60s. I wasn't able to attend even a two year college. I worked my way through Bette Bonn Fashion School of Modeling and Design, a nine month course. I taught classes there for about 17 months after graduating.
From age 21 to age 66, all I was known for was being a mother and a grandmother. For me that was a good thing, since it was my life's dream.
After attending my youngest daughter's wedding, I had hours to think on the long drive home. Was I someone who had more to give? I questioned my life. Well one thing I knew - I could design. I would just close my eyes, envision it, and design it. No computer involved. I arrived home empty and sad. I so often called myself a professional mother, but isn't every mother a professional mother?
I got up the next morning and announced to my family that I was going to write a novel. Well, now I had a family with rolling eyes and thundering laughter. My granddaughter told me, “Grandmother, everyone writes a book, but most people never finish one. You don't even know how to type or turn on a computer. I have never seen you write a letter.” True, this was all true. Grammar is my downfall - I still don't know a noun from a verb, but I knew if I could get my thoughts written down, I could get someone to edit it.
My granddaughter then pointed out the reasons why I could and never would be able to write a novel: I have degenerative arthritis in both hands; I don't know how to turn on a computer, nor do I know how to type. I have dyslexia and I have glaucoma in both eyes. I just had a knee replacement, needing another (how my knee could affect my writing is beyond me.)
I bought a laptop, learned how to open it at age 66. I hunt and pecked a 420 page novel. I titled it Samson and Sunset. It took almost two years with a 6 month hiatus. The day I typed the last paragraph of my novel, unbeknownst to me, My granddaughter recorded me on her cell phone, as I sat on my bed sobbing, “I just wrote a complete novel.”
She asked me how I felt about writing a complete novel. I loved it. I had written it with so much physical pain, but not near as much pain, as I had pulled from the depths of my heart. I still can't read my own novel without tears rolling down my cheeks. I am a mother, a grandmother, and now I am a writer.
I have since launched my own perfume line, in the scent of our heroine Callie, "Shay's Princess." I hope to have it in department stores in the next few years. To my children, “Hey kids, your mom is becoming a Mogul”.
I am amazed at the love that this story has received. I just finished my sequel to Samson and Sunset, titled Starling Darling. The third book in the Westover Saga will called "Silky Vixen." I am only a few chapters in, so it may be awhile before it comes out. There are many more adventures with Shay and Callie Westover.
A fan made two tribute videos to this novel and are showcased on YouTube. There is a Facebook Samson And Sunset Fan Group page that a lady from NY started.
Shay and Callie will draw you in and you will feel like you know them personally. You will fall in love with the Westover family. You will marvel at their love, their stamina to work through many trials, and you will long for the Shay hold.
I just want to thank all of you who read it, love it, and want more of it. Hold on to your hats, there is much more to come. I have found that writing has healed my heart in so many ways.
Thank you for reading Samson And Sunset. Please enjoy my first sequel to this novel, Starling Darling.
on May 27, 2013 :
i couldn't stop reading! if they had ten stars this book would be a ten. I laughed, I cried this was a great read. I will be tired at work tomorrow, but it was worth it BUY THIS BOOK! I can't wait for the sequel to be available on smashwords. I am a fan of Ms. Schritt.
(reviewed the day of purchase)