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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.”

 

 

 

 

 

I’m sure you’ve experienced the mental exhaustion that comes with too much multi-tasking. Your mind whirls with details and projects until you are, literally, brain dead. You go to bed and somehow, magically in your sleep, solutions present themselves, and you wake with a clear head and the perfect plan. That’s what happened to me.

Deep in the first draft of my new novella, I planned to skip the Florida Writers Association annual short story contest this year. After being honored with inclusion in both the 2013 and 2012 Collections, my husband urged me to attempt what he termed a ‘threepeat.’ Easy for him to say. I spent the day struggling for a viable idea and went to bed feeling hopeless.

Around 4 am, a fierce Moroccan soldier woke me out of a sound sleep. He jumped out of his chair and pointed a cat at me, ready to fire. I surrendered. Ibn Al-Adin, a Moroccan freedom fighter, won a place in my heart and his story, “The Magician” won a place in the 2014 Collection entitled Important Firsts.

 

“Jumping The Fence” captures a pivotal moment in a young girl’s life, as the structure of her family shatters and she discovers new growth in the aftermath.
Her story was selected for The 2015 Florida Writers Association Collection #7 entitled Revisions: Stories of Starting Over.

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.”

 

 

A workshop offered by The Florida Writers Association explained how to publish a book for Kindle. I love a challenge! When I found Kim Dang’s mask, I knew it would be my cover. A publishing guru advised me to put a number in my title to stimulate interest. Four of the above winners were available for reprint: “Race Day,”
“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. 
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