Meet Ramona

The hardest biographical sketch to write is always your own, whether or not you’re a writer by profession. It’s hard to decide what to throw in, what to leave out, and whether or not you should list strengths and flaws, or just strengths.

However, anyone who makes it to this page deserves, I think, a bit more than the basics of a resume. So here are a few tidbits:

I’m not really a complex person, and my dreams are fairly straightforward: sell books, have enough money to pay the bills and travel a bit, and settle into a cottage. I love Nashville, my adopted hometown, which is why it’s the background of my website.

I’ve gone to the same church since 1993, and I even sing in the choir. It’s a small but awesome church.

Although I’m single now, I married in 1982 and in 1987 had Rachel. She was a cutie. Severely disabled, she appeared as the heroine of many an article forSpecial Ed Today magazine. This is Rachel with her nurse, Phyllis, the real life heroine of “An Act of Desperation,” which I sold to Chicken Soup for the Caregiver’s Soul. Rachel lived with Phyllis the last six years of her life, a situation which made us all happy and content. Phyllis was the perfect caregiver. I miss Rachel every day, and probably always will, even though I must look to the future. As I always have.

When I was twenty-two, I made a bucket list with my college roommate. Of the seventy-five things on the list (I dream big), I’ve done the following:

  • Learned to scuba dive
  • Been rappelling and rock climbing
  • Been snow camping
  • Wrote a script (a few, actually)
  • Wrote a novel (more than a few, actually)
  • Learned to cross-stitch
  • Traveled to England and most of the United States
  • Worked on a film
  • Worked on a television show
  • Married
  • Had a child
  • Worked in book publishing
  • Edited a magazine
  • Got a Master’s degree

Not as many as I’d hoped by this age, but enough to tell some fabulous tales about! I’m still working on that original bucket list, although I know I’ll never climb K2 (which was the first thing on the list). But plenty of other adventures await.

It’s simple: I don’t believe in turning down opportunities. In fact, I’m a firm believer in making some of your own opportunities, where none existed before. I like staying busy.

Life is too short not to follow your dreams.