I write as part of my profession as a successful fundraiser, Director of Development and Marketing, and a grant-writer for nonprofits, where my grants have been awarded millions in funding. I have composed countless major gifts and development proposals, plus marketing and public relations pieces for local, national, and international markets.
After another uninspired and predictable story, I said to myself, "I could write a better story than that." I took the challenge to heart. None of my previous professional writing experience prepared me for the sheer fun and how exhilarating creative writing is. Creating drama and humor and developing characters into an entertaining story was pure enjoyment. As an unpublished author, I have begun submitting my work to publishers and agents.
My first novel is Jonathon Brian Goode and The Hurricane, which includes some auto-biographical shards, about the wild adventures of a misfit who is the world's greatest unathletic athlete.
The escapades of an oddball named Jonathon Brian Goode, who lived by his theory of low expectations academically and the dreams of being the next sports superstar. Despite his obstacle of having no natural aptitude for athletics. He practiced every day to develop his killer tennis serve. In a chance opportunity to help set up carnival booths, Johnny B Goode tested the baseball radar gun challenge. Only to find those years of practicing his elusive tennis serve gave him the fastest fastball ever seen in major league baseball. In a bizarre tryout for his beloved Chicago Cubs, he became the most feared relief pitcher in baseball known as 'The Hurricane.' Loved by fans, his crazy stunts and wild press conferences put him at odds with coaches and players.
Riding on his arm into the 1972 World Series, his antics brought reprisals from teammates and talk of trade from management. Johnny had a love of the game when a beguiling strong-willed Colorado rancher rescues him from the eye of the storm.
Johnny may be a superstar on the pitcher's mound, but he fell in love and out of place with an intelligent, smart-ass cowgirl who could out-ride, out-rope, and out-work this city-boy. Funny how life is, at first, he believed his destiny was tennis, then baseball. It turns out; his true destiny was something greater.
My second fiction work is Buddy's Guardian Angel, which was as much fun to write as the first book. As I neared completion, I was concerned that I did not have an ending. As I wrote, it suddenly hit me, the perfect end! So unexpected, it totally surprised me. No wonder I love this book.
Buddy was a kind and gentle young man but challenged. When his world was turned upside down, God sent him a guardian angel for his safety and protection. Not just any angel, although it was his first assignment as a Guardian. For a millennium, Gabor was the Angel of Death. A straightforward, no-nonsense angel who excelled in his work. The Lord knew it was time for a change and assigned Gabor as Buddy's guardian angel. Rough around the edges, Gabor soon learns that as much as Buddy needed him, he needed Buddy even more.