I am a book hoarder. The head of my bed is full of books. I have a kindle with dozens of books on it. I have bookshelves full of books. If that isn’t enough, I also write stories. I love short stories, historical fiction, romance, political nonfiction, sci-fi, and murder mysteries. From Terri Blackstock to Carolyn Haines to James Patterson, my reading runs the gamut. But yesterday one of my students mentioned something that shook me. She had asked for one of my books, “No Second Place” a nice, short novella. since signing books is about the most fun thing I do, I autographed one and gave it to her. She read it and told the whole class she liked it. They were shocked. I couldn’t help but laugh. Then I realized that all this commentary on life is interesting, but it has nothing to do with what I write. So here goes.
My first book, “31 Prayers for the Addict I Love” is a devotional. Not only was I married to an addict, I had two close friends (father and son) who died within two months of each other thanks to drugs. When you love an addict, there is no money to get help. It’s embarrassing, so it’s not something that’s advertised. I wanted to do something that would help people who are stuck in a world they want no part of: the often-devastating world of an addict. And I believe in going straight to the top with my problems, so it’s full of prayers. Then I had a friend who asked me to write one for people who just have regular problems, so I wrote “31 Prayers for When Life Isn’t Fair.”
My novels are three, and they are tied together, but each can stand alone. “A Place Called Grace” begins with an abused 4-year-old escaping with her grandma to Mississippi. Sheanna is not used to being supervised, so she gets herself into quite a few scrapes, but older cousin Leah is there to help her out. But Sheanna’s step-dad, Cullen Beal, has been making money off “glamour” shots of the girl, so he comes to get his investment back. Good thing Leah’s dad is a sharp police officer.
“A Place Without Mercy” is Leah’s story. Pregnant with twins, a man fleeing after robbing a liquor store pushes her into the street, causing the too-early delivery of her boys. Leah wants revenge, and she puts herself into danger to track the man who has cost her so much. Little does she know that she is being tracked by Cullen Beal.
“A Broken Place” is my favorite of the three because it starts in Puerto Rico with a girl who is entirely unlucky in love literally running into an old friend from high school who has grown into quite the hunk. He’s also a corner back for the Green Bay Packers. But dead bodies follow Reverie Martin and Jordy Schmidt is a target, so instead of “Fantasy Island” they end up more like “Naked and Afraid.”
The final book is a novella called “No Second Place.” It’s loosely based on my sister, Jean Driscoll, who was at one time the prima ballerina of wheelchair racing. She didn’t have a stalker, but she was the wheelchair basketball team’s MVP for five years in a row at the University of Illinois. I wrote it because I wanted to live life in a champion’s shoes for just a little while.
So my commentary is on fiction, and I hope you’ve enjoyed it. If you happen to read one of my books, please leave a review on Amazon, so my students aren’t amazed that somebody likes my stories. Thanks so much.