I was not always a writer. In fact, I never considered myself a writer until recently. That does not mean I haven’t been writing for a while, years in fact. My first book, which has only recently been published, was 8+ years in the making. I have always considered myself a creative person, but not artistically gifted. I can’t draw, paint or sculpt. I can’t sing or play any instrument. I can dance, but the days of doing it well are long gone. I struck upon writing after much trial and error, and I haven’t looked back. I began writing while I was making my living as a corporate lawyer. My job was largely devoid of creativity, and I longed for something -- anything -- that would appease the artist in me. I began writing at night, on weekends, and even during my lunch breaks. About 10 years into my legal career, my husband and I moved to England. A job took us over there, and love for the country and its people kept us there for 5 years. I kept writing, and, just as I was on the verge of finishing that first attempt at a novel, another job transfer sent us back to the US. This time we landed in Westchester, New York, where I set that first novel aside and began writing Sycamore Lane. My husband and I survived several harsh winters and a super-storm in New York, before making the decision to relocate closer to family. We shed our winter coats, loaded up on sunscreen and moved to sunny, warm Jacksonville, Florida, where I finished Sycamore Lane and mustered up the courage to publish it. I also began work on what would become my second published novel, Inland, which is set in New York City and includes some of my favorite sites, experiences and aspects of that incredible city. Once Inland was published, I dusted off the very first book I ever wrote, breathed new life into it and published it as well. The Elixir Vitae Adventures -- ORTUS, is now my third published novel and is the first book in new series. I am currently working on the second book in that series, as well as developing ideas for several other books. After almost twenty years as a lawyer, I finally retired from the practice of law and am devoting myself full time to writing. Thankfully, my life is now full of creativity -- and being a writer is the best job in the world!