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I grew up in northern Alabama, my father was a sharecropper and my mother worked in the local cotton mill. My caretakers were my Native American great-grandmother and an African-American woman I only knew as Aunt Francis, both great storytellers.
A wild child of sorts playing in the woods and bluff caves like most children, mostly I sat at the feet of these elderly strong-minded individuals listening to the stories of their lives. Summers’, I would be taken to my fathers’ sister, it was she who introduced me to a library, and to her circle of friends local writers, artist and politicians. She encouraged my imagination with the gift of my first journal; these entries would be stories of the imagination. I created my life through my stories.
Nonetheless, as a young wife and mother I became a closet writer with my desires to create remaining clandestine until only the past few years when I begin to pursue writing short stories and poetry. My greatest influence in creating a short story or a poem is the determination to validate and keep alive those many people who gave me their stories for safekeeping and the promise too, “always remember”.
The works of many writers and poets have influenced me as I worked to become a writer. Faulkner, Capote, Fitzgerald and Harper Lee. Later in life, I discovered Grace Paley for whom I was privileged to meet; I will forever treasure an autographed copy of “Grace Paley – The Collected Stories”; the vivid poetry of William Carlos Williams; the strong poetry of Phyllis McGinley, and without saying the world’s most exciting women, Maya Angelou.
Today, I try to live one day at a time, enjoy my family and my four legged companion Mason. I look forward each day to another adventure in writing poetry and prose. Each filled with the sadness and sorrow of the years that have gone by and live within me.
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