My first short story, “Race Day” was chosen for inclusion in The Florida Writers Association Short Story Collection #4 in 2012. I spent a lot of time in hospitals during one decade of my life, both as a patient and a caregiver. My first heroine typifies the many selfless, dedicated nurses who have touched my life with creativity, humor and genuine caring. Bless you, each and every one, for all the ways you help us heal.
During our years in Costa Rica, a gang of thieves suddenly appeared, robbed several homes in our quiet little town and promptly disappeared. Although my plot is fictional, the helpfulness and genuine concern of the townspeople are portrayed accurately. Most of the action takes place in La Trilla, one of my favorite Atenas restaurants. All other names have been changed to protect the innocent, the guilty and me.
“More Precious Than Rubies” won inclusion in the Florida Writers Association 2013 Collection, “It’s A Crime.”
Flash Fiction is the Haiku of prose. I love reducing a composition to its bare bones, polishing until it gleams and adding splashes of color to create emotional impact. However, when squeezed into less than 500 words, this story reminded me of an anorexic supermodel — great to look at, but too thin to carry a message.
When I turned it loose and wrote it into a more natural shape, “Your Secret’s Safe With Me” won First Place in the 2013 Royal Palm Literary Award competition. Surprised and giddy with my unexpected success, I let my friend Kate talk me into a big gamble.
I entered the 2014 Writers Digest Short Short Story Competition, and to my surprise, placed in the Top Ten. My little fable earned 8th place out of over 6,000 entries from around the world, and appeared in their Anthology, “Show Us Your Shorts.”
“More Precious Than Rubies,” “The Magician,” and “Your Secret’s Safe With Me.” Three flash fiction stories completed the anthology: “The Perfect Dad,” “Wish Upon A Star,” and “Defiance,” which has since won Honorable Mention in a Women on Writing contest.