From an early age, I was passionate about the written word. I LOVE to write. Romance, to be specific. I love the happily ever after that, I believe, everyone deserves. My stories aren't the 'stop and smell the roses' type romances. While I believe everyone deserves happiness and true love, I know that sometimes you have to walk a hard road to find it. Those are the types of stories I like to write. The happily ever after that wasn't found, but was earned. I work to earn mine on a daily basis and so do my characters.
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In late 2021, I unexpectedly lost my husband. My high school sweetheart, my partner for 18 years, father to my three children, confidant, and best friend, was gone so suddenly, I couldn’t grasp the new reality I was forced into.
But my children needed me, and though grief sometimes threatened to drown me, I pulled away from the choking darkness of loss, to be strong for them.
I thought maybe I wouldn’t be able to write again: After all, I had lost MY happily-ever-after, how could I create one for my characters?
But I have come to realize that just because the love story I had with my husband ended, in a way I never anticipated, didn’t mean it wasn’t real, true, and full of love. It didn’t mean I couldn’t still believe in it, hope for it, write about it, find it again.
On the contrary, it meant I knew what it took to find it, to create it, to keep it, to nurture it, to survive losing it. And it has made me a stronger woman because of it.
I have always believed that everyone deserves a happily-ever-after, and that some love stories are born in the dark.
Now, I can say, that some love stories rise from the ashes o another story, and though it may be different, it is still love, it is still deserved, and it still breathtakingly wonderful.
So, as I navigate this new, exciting, and sometimes scary life, I urge you all, no matter where you are in your journey of life and love, never stop believing in that happily-ever-after, whatever that story means for you.
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