Shelby Livingston left home thirty years ago, vowing never to permanently return. But she’s tired of her itinerant lifestyle as a photojournalist and is ready to settle down and stay in one place. When she learns of a position on the staff of a magazine near her hometown of Yancey, SC, she decides to bid on it and returns for an interview just in time for her 30th high school reunion. Memories of her senior year in high school flood back. She remembers all the pain she felt as the Six – Howie, Carolyn, Melissa, Kara, Naomi, and Shelby – were split apart, first through betrayal and then through departure. Shelby has to face the ghosts and the demons from her past. Will she be able to forgive them, living and dead, so that she can finally settle.
Life in central North Carolina, the tiny town of Zebulon, to be exact, is slower paced than life in the bustling cities of Fort Worth/Dallas, TX. Texas will always be my home, where I was born and raised, where my family still lives, but I love North Carolina now and can't imagine ever living in Texas again.
Being a published writer was a dream I had through high school and into my first few years as an Air Force sergeant's wife. But "reality" set in as I began raising my family and moving every few years at the whim of the military. Those moves and the ensuing experiences were recorded in my ever-growing collection of journals. At that point in my life I thought my dream of being a "real" author was dead.
In 2006, after being single for almost eight years, a wonderful lady came into my life. She refused to believe me when I told her I had no dreams, that there was nothing more I wanted to accomplish in life. Finally, in a vain attempt to shut her up, I told her I had always wanted to be a writer.
"Write me a story," became Lisa's mantra. In another vain attempt to shut her up, I wrote her a story. And then another and then another. "Now, write me a book," she said. I laughed, but secretly I began to believe I actually COULD write a book.
Welcome Home, my first novel, is the result of the encouragement I received from Lisa and the self-confidence she helped me gain.
Out of the Past, my second novel, is the result of the self-confidence I gained as I proved to myself I can write and people will read what I've written.
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