I live in a small town in central Illinois surrounded by cornfields and wind turbines. I'm owned by two faithful hounds, a sweet Huskie-German Shepherd mix and a deranged Brittany Spaniel always on the hunt for squirrels. My career working with children diagnosed with extreme behavioral disorders has taught me the importance of balancing work with leisure time. I’ve been remodeling my house for over a decade; I tell myself that my renovations are on par with Nicole Curtis of Rehab Addict fame, but I suspect I’m deluding myself. I enjoy riding my bike and kayaking, and I’ve been known to take along a dog or two when I’m feeling particularly daring and want to risk life and limb. I continue renewing my passport, just in case I finally win the lottery and can afford to be a world traveler. Writing has always been an interest of mine, and Clingstone was my first venture into the world of self-publishing. My other creative pursuits include gardening and landscape design, photography, and uncompleted DIY projects that I'll finish starting tomorrow. I own a Coca-Cola memorabilia collection that is slowly consuming my kitchen and dining room; my favorite piece is a vintage pedal car from the 1960s. I'm a tropical fish enthusiast and have a small aboveground pond (an actual completed DIY project!) filled with fat goldfish that are amazingly friendly. At the end of a long week, I love decompressing by reading a book in the hammock beneath my crabapple tree, and in those moments, life is nearly perfect.
February Life Picks
The series I'm really into right now is...The Alienist, on TBS. I love just about any period piece, and I really love any period piece that shows the juxtaposition between the ostentatious lifestyle of the wealthy and the squalor of the poor. It has a lot of disturbing imagery in it, so it's not for the faint of heart, but I'm loving it so far. I never read the book, so I'm a little worried for the fates of our circle of main characters...
One of my sisters is also a writer! Her name is Christine Murphy, and she writes paranormal romance. She has several series out which are available wherever books are sold. Want more information? Visit her website by clicking here.
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