#ThrowbackThursday Photo #TBT

Me and my grandma. I can’t believe I made her get down on the floor to play with me. She was so sweet. Wish she was still here.

I look quite irritated that my mom made us stop playing for a picture, but I’m so grateful to have this photo now.

Quote I Love: The Woman I Am

I’m proud of the woman I am today because I went through one hell of a time becoming her. – Author Unknown

A New Year, A New Journey

This past year certainly had its ups and downs. Some days it was nearly impossible for me to even glance at the latest world news or venture onto Facebook or Twitter and see the turmoil that so many people have been living through. More than once, I was saved by turning to the world of fiction–both reading and writing it. Going along for the ride with a story’s characters is one of life’s greatest treasures for me, and that was certainly never more true than in 2017.

But this past year was also an amazing journey for me–both personally and professionally. I’ve learned so much and grown in ways I was not expecting. I’ve simplified my life, regained confidence, and found a more productive way of living and working. I couldn’t be more excited to see where this new year takes me. There has been a lot of turmoil and change in the writing and publishing world, but thanks to the support of all of you, I’m more excited than ever to share new stories in 2018.

THANK YOU to all of you who’ve read my books this past year. I’m beyond grateful to those of you who took the time to send me a private note or write a review. It means the world to me to hear from you.

I hope you all have a wonderful new year filled with much love and laughter and peace-filled days.

 

My Synchronized Cats, the First M/M Romance I Read, and More: Author Interview at Divine Magazine

Divine Magazine

This week I’m the spotlight author at Divine Magazine, “an online magazine and a social networking website, tailored specifically for the LGBTQ community and anyone who supports the rights of its members.”

Stop by and check out my interview where I share a bit about my writing process, one of my favorite places, my cats, the first M/M Romance I read, and more.

A Heartfelt Thank-You: You fought for all of us and changed our lives

Equal Justice Under Law

Following the wonderful Supreme Court decision allowing same-sex marriage across the United States, my partner and I were legally married in our home state. It was a long-awaited, lovely day, and I want to take a moment to say THANK YOU to all of you out there who get what it truly means. Your support and understanding mean more than I can say.

Because it’s not just about being able to state that “We’re married.” It’s about survivor benefits, next-of-kin status, legal status to your spouse’s children, access to medical coverage and disability, ability to take family leave to care for an ill spouse, inheriting your spouse’s estate, and the list goes on and on and on. Over 1100 rights and privileges granted to married couples in the US.

No more living in fear because you are merely roommates with the love of your life. Now that person is legally “your person.” No one can deny you access and information. You can be with your sick partner (or even claim their body if they’ve passed). You can make decisions as their spouse. You can more easily share finances and health coverage. You can be a family in the eyes of the government.

Thank you to all of the supporters of LGBT rights, to the Supreme Court justices who voted in our favor, and to Jim Obergefell, my fellow Ohioan. You fought for all of us and changed our lives. Thank you!