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I word process my works directly, brain to fingers, generally with my African Gray parrot (Left) on my arm and two dogs (Above Right) at my feet. The conure prefers her perch and the koi prefer to stay outside in their pond! I read to the Gray and dogs as I write. They are very patient listeners. After I finish writing a piece, I rest it for a couple of days and then return to edit it, rest it again a couple of weeks and return again to edit.
What is the summary of this specific fiction work? Kaleidosope Jane & Friends is a compilation of stories intended to reflect the many facets of human existence. The stories range from funny to sad. Most have endings I hope will surprise and challenge my readers, with plenty of twists and turns. Some might be classified as slice-of-life stories. All of my characters are eccentric, and hopefully, they remind us all of what it means to be human.
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t read books and as a child (Above Right), I slept with all my books in bed with me every night. It made for lumpy sleeping.
I graduated from the University of Alabama in cultural anthropology and English/creative writing and never left Tuscaloosa. I returned to earn my Master’s degree in clinical social work. All of my writing reflects my passion for this field in one way or another. I worked as a child, adolescent and family therapist for more than twenty years and taught at the University during this time. I live with my husband, two dogs, two parrots and a pond full of koi. Over the years, I have been a parent, grandparent, foster parent, international host parent and youth mentor. My personal writing mentor is 98 years young and is still very active as a working author. Every human being has so many stories to tell!
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