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To Thine Own Self Be True

I started my budding writing career in the tiny pioneer town of Oakley, Idaho. I was a stay-at-home mom to four children, and in an attempt to maintain my mental acuity and sanity, I turned to writing. I penned a weekly humorous column “Oh No! Tomorrow’s Another Day” for the Oakley Herald. I achieved local fame, i.e. several people I bumped into in the post office or grocery store said, “I got a real kick out of your column this week” or “How much truth is there in that column of yours?” This high praise encouraged me to send my work to national publications, and soon I was published in The Friend, Baby Talk, and best of all, Reader’s Digest which garnered me a check for $300.00 and a bumper sticker which read, “I won money, fame, and glory. Reader’s Digest bought my story!”

  The fame and glory stuck, but the money soon ran out, so I found myself commuting two hours each way to earn a Masters Degree in English at Idaho State University and then teaching high school English for twenty-four years. Nothing impedes a young author’s progress more than teaching the masters. I’m no Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, or William Shakespeare. It took five years of retirement, four book clubs, and reading anything I wanted including mysteries, romances, best-sellers, nonfiction, memoirs, etc. for me to ease the pressure to be Tolstoy or Austin and just write. Viola! Shakespeare’s True Love was born.