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When you were just starting out on your independent life. The life that you would have under your own roof. Could you have imagined that you would have gone through so much and still be standing. Sometimes when I look back over my life, I wonder how I got here.

The first part of my life was good. I wore homemade dresses, ate spam sandwiches, but yet I didn’t know that my family would have been considered poor or lower income. There was nothing poor about my childhood. My early years were full of laughter, people, music, fights, loud characters, and loving parents. My parents shared their home with others even though they had six mouths to feed. People and sometimes families stayed with us until they could get a job and find a place of their own.

My life was pretty easy, even when I left home and paid my own way. The life lessons that I learned were hard from a young woman’s perspective. But they were nothing compared to what I would endure in my latter years.

Sometimes I sit down and look back on the things that I have been through. The things that could have made me give up. The things that could have destroyed me and I thank God for his grace and mercy.

When I graduated from high school, I had no idea who or what I wanted to be. So, I did the practical thing and worked 40 years at Los Angeles Superior Court. It wasn’t always easy, and it wasn’t always hard. I am thankful for the opportunities that job afforded me. I was able to support myself and my son. But it wasn’t until after I retired that I found myself. In my sixties I have become a writer of African American Women’s Fiction. So, the things that I went through, and things that I saw other women experience have all worked together to allow me to find myself. I can not tell you how cathartic it is for me to write these blogs and books about the African American Women’s quest for love, joy, peace, and the answers to who she is, and how she came to be in the place that she finds herself.

My books examine the complexities of women’s lives as they go about living their lives. I hope that you are entertained by my work, and I hope you will find something of value in it.

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