Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah... home of the Mormons and Mormon I was. Even if you weren't Mormon, the place is greatly influenced by the culture. Great foundation for sure... how could I be whole, happy and complete if I were to not embrace my place of upbringing. We were taught to strengthen our talents and to write in ones journal, "document your life to share wisdom for the next generation." From a very young age I documented my life through photographs, strengthening my passion/talent for taking pictures. Pictures say a thousand words and I am a great story teller, I get it from my daddy. My photos would help me remember those stories to share with my offspring, the next generation.
When did you first start writing?
I really didn't start writing until 2009 when I wrote, "Life Goes On." A memoir that tells the story of the reunite with our first born son we lost to adoption... (basically the Honeymoon of the story). It was very therapeutic, everyone wanted to hear the story and I just couldn't tell it anymore. Retelling the story kept me there, energetically. Little did I realize that book two, “Letters to my Missionary” was unfolding (the Reality of our relationship as mother and son); to have of course book three follow “Mothers of Loss”, (a mother's emailing group I had joined to discuss the Rejection we were all going through in our reunions)... and now let me present to you, book four, “Healing at the Harbor”... which of course is the last curve of that emotional roller coaster ride.
My story starts in Utah retelling in detail how I was warned of what’s to come and what happened that got me to Maui. I take you on my journey, retelling how I picked myself up and got back on my two feet relying on Mother Maui to show me the way, guiding me to my destination of Utopia.