In the past, I did a lot of writing and got a lot of rejection slips. Then I divorced my first husband and went back to school to earn two computer degrees. Those qualifications led to a job in computer technical support for 12 years, but that work ended when the major company I worked for started sending all their help desk support to India.
For years, I had been licensed to sell real estate, and decided it was time to switch careers once again. My business was steadily growing until the unfortunate collapse of the economy caused the housing market to tank. Business turned bad for everyone, not just me; but there was a silver lining. My current husband insisted this was my mandate to get back to writing.
I was born in Burke County, located smack in the middle of the ancient and storied Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. My family moved away; but a vast number of my kin people still live there, many on Mineral Springs Mountain – the setting for many of my tales of betrayal, deceit, death, ghosts and hidden portals to other worlds.
Burke County is also the site of the Brown Mountain Lights, mysterious, colorful balls of light that have been seen for hundreds of years and yet manage to defy scientific attempts to prove they do not exist. There is no doubt they are real; but to this date, no one has deciphered their true origin or meaning. Furthermore, locals swear to seeing ghosts on a daily basis, and not only at night. Gain their confidence, and they will share stories of ghost sightings even in the bright sunlight.
I know that forbidding landscape all too well, having grown up steeped in the culture, privy to ancient tales of love and loss and hidden – and at times irresistible – forces. In my books, I share tales based on that mountain background, and the stories told to me.
My favorite hobby is reading. There is nothing like the excitement of cracking open a new book, and I would read 24 hours a day if I could. However, even I cannot read enough, fast enough. So many books, so little time! I also do crafts, make jewelry, do art projects and paint (also have a degree in Commercial Art).
Writing is my all-time favorite idea for a career. In the meantime, I still sell real estate as bills have to be paid!
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Sin and Cinnamon
by Virginia Bryan
She likes to watch a man die.
People talk, and that’s what they said about her. She likes to watch a man die. Behind her back, of course. No one dared say it to her face lest she overhear them. That slut just might kill us, too, they whispered. She’s just that kind.
by Virginia Bryan
Bee Heath inherited a brooding, hillside mansion from a woman said to be her birth mother. Townsfolk claim the vacant house is haunted. Many say they hear a baby crying unconsolably inside. Bee is a modern, take-charge woman, not easily scared. But when she makes a horrific discovery in the attic, she faces terror and fear as she realizes not only her life but innocent others may be in danger.
Death by Foreclosure
by Virginia Bryan
Blakeney Heath had a successful real estate business until the real estate market tanked. Now she is showing a foreclosure property for the second time to prospective buyers and hoping this time they will buy.Unfortunately, she finds a murdered, decaying body in the basement. Her life is spiraling out of control and it appears her own husband may be involved. And now, her own life is in danger.
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