Growing up the youngest of four girls, I knew one thing: poor ol' Dad never stood a chance. The first dozen years or so were the easiest, I'm sure, but try to imagine being the only male in a house full of females, where the mood-swinging pendulum swung with such force that it shocked us all it didn't fly right off its doo-dicker.
We managed to survive and are now all married with kids of our own-- payback, you might say. My husband and I have three boys, so needless to say, our lives are never boring. The other day I was walking with my youngest (he's 6), and completely out of the blue, he says, "I hate it when I get a fart stuck in my butt." I'm sure a "good mother" would have taken the opportunity to explain that topics such as these are not recommended in polite society, but it's a little hard to say anything when you're doubled over laughing in the middle of the street. Such is life in the Drewry house; farts, burps, Pokemon, Harry Potter, and anything that includes light sabers, or swords fights.
Over the years, I've worked as a chamber maid in Whistler Village, worn a lovely uniform of orange and brown polyester as I made hot dogs at a local Orange Julius, spent endless summer sorting screws into their specific bins, and worked my fair share of retail, all the while making mental notes of the characters I worked with, for, or served.
It wasn't until our second child was born, and we'd just moved hundreds of miles away from our family, that I started to toy with the idea that I might be able to put certain characteristics together to form 'people'. The first attempt was an unmitigated disaster. The rewrites of that first book were worse. Needless to say, it has found a comfortable home tucked in the bottom of my file cabinet where it will gladly spend the rest of its days (and mine). A sane person would simply destroy it, but I never claimed to be sane.
Several years, several books, and a lot more than several rejections later, I sold one of my books. Here Comes the Bride, was released in May, 2005, and Charming Jo was released in September, 2006. 2008 brings two new books; The Devil's Daughter which was released in April and Dancing with the Devil, scheduled for release in December.
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