A.A. in Theology - emphasis on translation of religious texts (CCBC, California)
B.A. in Educational Studies - emphasis on development (UWF, Florida)
M.A. in Applied Psychology - emphasis on cognition & research (UWF, Florida)
+ 2 yrs. additional coursework for counseling and psychotherapy
Link to academic work: Florida Department of Education_FinalReport_5-8-2014-rev.docx (fldoe.org)
I was going to be a psychologist, but life is strange and now I run marinas. I spend most days dealing with boats and pirate sorts, then read and write as much as I can. My home and business are on an island in Florida, and I've also lived in California - I try to stick close to water.
Though I've written academically, I'm focused on creative submissions now. My goal is to publish traditionally through an agent.
Bold, even brash people inspire me more than anything else. When someone blurts something out or relentlessly pursues a dream of their own, I feel it. Music is also an important factor in my creativity and motivation. It transports me to its world, whatever that may be, and I collect ideas there.
My favorite reads have usually been Chinese, British, and American fiction, as well as narrative nonfiction. Lisa See is one of my top three authors because her books are so enlightening. I always learn from them and I can tell how much thought she puts into the details. Other authors I read frequently are Alex Michaelides, Ambrose Parry, B.A. Paris, Mark Sullivan, & Lisa Jewell.
Naturally, I went through an intense Jane Austen phase in college and still go back to her books for comfort reading. Classic literature is as important to me as classic rock; I need both to feel whole.
Currently reading: The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey