If you were to meet me in person, the first thing you’d notice is from afar, I look like I’m about fourteen. Closer up you’d notice my right eye, slightly askew because it’s made of glass and the long white cane I travel with, because I am completely blind.
No, not figuratively, as in “Who taught you to drive, a blind lady?” or “You are so blind to the truth about yourself.” I’m actually, literally, blind.
I lost my eyesight in 1996, thanks to the side effects of Type I Diabetes Mellitus…and my refusal to eat carrots if they weren’t grown by my Grandma.
Over the next twenty years, I lost my right eye to a detached retina and my left eye to a series of diseases. Nothing icky like pink eye or a knife to the eye, but some retinopathy, cataracts, and Glaucoma.
Before you get all weepy and feel sorry for me, please don’t! I live life to the fullest! I see with my heart, my mind and the wonderful, respectful sighted people who know better than to stand in my way!
I have three teenaged sons, who at times are accused of holding their girlfriend’s hands because they take such good care of me. I have to force them to let me walk around the city we live in, by myself.
I am a fan of children, especially babies because they don’t talk back. I love to take motorcycle trips with my husband, because I do everything by braille and riding behind a gorgeous man puts my braille skills to work. I enjoy long, hot baths, because I am never warm even in the Mojave desert where I live. I prefer beaches-not-oceans, too salty and fishy. I also love roller coasters, tandem bicycles, and zip lining because they let me feel like I’m flying.
Writing is something I’ve done since I was 8 years old when my mom entered me into a songwriting contest. I won that contest, I kept writing because it continued to bring me fulfillment, joy, and healing.
I never considered blindness a factor in my work until a good friend told me that while I had talent, I’d never be able to sell my books without being able to “see” what I was doing. I didn’t let that stop me.
I’ve since published two novels with a third coming in the spring of 2018, all in the non-explicit romantic suspense genre. Writing books in this way gives me the chance to introduce readers to the real people who fall in love, heal their own broken hearts, and have a lot of fun doing it. Your grandma and your twelve-year-old can read these stories, because…eww! I don’t want you in my bedroom anymore than you want me in yours!