I grew up the daughter of a white-collar worker in a town of white-collar faces.
When I left, I sought to color my life.
I had learned not to say anything that would hurt others’ feelings, but when I grew up and became a journalist; I saw what the economy did to workers, families and corporations. Students could not find jobs. More mothers and fathers required help from the government. Bosses wanted to find a way to cover up the realities. Dislocated workers needed more training, but lacked funding for schools.
In 2011, I began writing stories about characters affected by the economy. Not only had I met laid off employees, I faced the same downfall. My family and I were evicted from our apartment in 2012 after my husband lost his job.
We were not the first in my family to face hard times.
Dad told the story about my grandfather during the Great Depression. His boss pulled him into his office. He let him go that day. A few hours later my grandfather saw the manager at the train station. He believed he had come to say goodbye, but the manager informed him that his boss let him go.
My paternal grandfather also inspired my novel of six-and-a-half years, Sons of the Edisto. Please visit the Sons of the Edisto page for more information and photos.
I write YA, contemporary and historical fiction. I have also written nonfiction memoir. I have been blessed to have creative stories published five times.