I grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. Throughout my childhood, teen-age and young adult years I totally took for granted where I lived. The infamous Mardi Gras season, the famous French Quarter, the multi-ethnic culture, the delicious food all went unnoticed and unappreciated by me. Even though I lived in a place known as “the city that care forgot” or “the Big Easy”, it was just home to me.
I also remember going to different shelters during the hurricane season many times. Whenever a hurricane threatened our area, my parents would board up the windows, run to the nearest grocery store to quickly stock up on the necessary food items, candles, flashlights and batteries. We’d fill the bathtubs and any plastic containers we could find with water. Then we’d wait.
I remember liking the hurricane season It was fun. I wouldn’t have to go to school for several days, maybe even weeks. When the streets were flooded, all the neighborhood kids would ban together and go boating from house to house.
Once I was an adult and began to experience other areas of the country, I realized how unique my growing-up years had been due to the fact that I lived in “the Big Easy”. As an adult, however, living with the continual threat of a devastating hurricane wasn’t necessarily so much fun any more.
I moved out of New Orleans to the suburbs in my twenties. Eventually, I ended up residing in Mississippi. But I commuted to New Orleans each weekday for employment. That old saying “you can take the girl out of the city but you can’t take the city out of the girl” is quite true. In my heart, I’ll always be a city girl, even though I’ve lived in the backwoods of Mississippi for many years.
Due to a long-term chronic illness, I was forced to leave the corporate world to become an unemployed, stay-at-home wife. Since I had always possessed a passion for creative writing, my husband suggested that I pursue my dream of becoming a published author. And so I did!
My first book, All Rise, takes place in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. This history-making storm had a huge impact on all the people living on the Gulf coast of Louisiana and Mississippi. Since I lived in this area at that time, the reader will get a realistic glimpse into the private lives of Mississippi and Louisiana residents who experienced this traumatic event.
Currently, I continue to live in the backwoods of Mississippi with my husband, Eddie, who is a retired New Orleans Firefighter and a cattle rancher. We live on his 300-acre cattle ranch in the Picayune, Mississippi area. Since “you can’t take the city out of the girl”, I suppose all my future books will also be written about New Orleans and the country-life of Mississippi.
My book is published through Tate Publishing, a mainline publishing house dedicated to working with aspiring authors and giving their book its best chance in the marketplace. If you’ve ever thought about publishing a book, you should visit Tate Publishing.