I read a variety of books for pleasure, mostly books about spiritual growth in every aspect. My collection of books include writings on all aspects of spiritual journeys, from Christianity to Paganism as I am a truth seeker and have found solitude in all belief systems in one way or another.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my kindle as well as my Samsung tablet.
Describe your desk
My desk is a u-shaped desk which I built myself, it has two monitors on it as well as my laptop. Surrounding my desk is pictures of my boys, my partner and pictures of nature as all of these things provide me inspiration. My other desk, is on my back porch overlooking my beautiful garden of flowers and peace.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Middletown Ohio. A steel town where my father worked until he retired. We lived in a 3 bedroom home in a neighborhood filled with families and lovely people. We were all family and took care of each other in my neighborhood. We had the best of both worlds back then, though Middletown was a town of industry, we had many quiet places of beauty to enjoy as well, with woods close by and creeks to play in on hot days, trails to walk and ride dirt bikes on and lots of hiding places to play hide and seek with. Growing up and seeing hard working people living life to the fullest, enjoying family, friends and themselves influenced much of who I became.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first poem when I was five years old, what does a five year old write about you may wonder. I wrote about God, as growing up God was a very big part of our family. This poem, once edited for spelling by my mother was published in our Churches newsletter.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This book is a compilation of many years of poetry I have put together, it is the story of not only my life but the life of others. This is will be a journey through good times, sad times, spiritual times and funny times. We all have our own journeys and people take different things away from my writing, that is what poetry is about, if it touches you for some reason then it is for you.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Helping others in the ways that my pieces touch their hearts. Inspiring people to look beyond today's pains and into tomorrows smiles. This is my greatest joy.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life and living it. My family and two little guys who depend on me and make me laugh so much every day, I have to get up to see how they are going to touch my heart today.
What do your fans mean to you?
When a person sends me letters or emails about how a piece touched them, it means the world to me. I am a poet for them and they inspire me to keep going by feeling my writing in whatever way they needed to.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Spending time with family and friends reading books and gardening. Enjoying a craft beer on my back porch while watching the boys play.
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