Background


I began writing novels when I was just twenty-six years old, but sadly, I would be unable to complete my first novel for almost ten years. My life seemed to takeoff just as I began my journey as a writer. For the next nine years or so, I worked six days a week, eighteen hours a day trying to make a name for myself in the world of telecommunications.

Then, after ten years into what I hoped would be a career, the company decided to sell, leaving thousands of people, including me without a job. A few months later, my family and I decided to start our own company. We developed the company from the ground up. A year after we opened the doors to "R & M" I sat down and started rewriting my first novel. Then eighteen months later, in 2006, I finished what would become the second happiest day of my life, the first being the birth of my son.

Early Years

Finishing my first book was like winning the lottery. And nothing could have made me prouder. Still, I had doubts about my future as a writer. Thankfully I was wrong, and just four weeks later, I finished my second novel. After that, the books just kept coming, and today I have written many novels, three children's books, and five collections of poetry. Nonetheless, my journey as a writer has just begun, and with any luck, I will be writing until my last days.
As a writer, I have discovered the wonder and joy of great story telling, and with that I found my great passion in life. Several years ago, I lost the one person in this world that truly understood the visions in my head, my mother, Marilyn Hamrick. Since her death I have done everything in my power to keep the fight against cancer going in her honor. When my mother lost her battle, I was lost in the pain that filled my very soul. Slowly I began to find my way back through my work. And with the love of God, my family, and friends, I did overcome the pain.
      Writing became a part of my life again in 2005, when I sat down after almost ten years to write what would become my first novel, "True Love". Something about writing seemed natural to me, and I felt completely at home putting pen to paper. Writing fiction gives me an outlet to express my feelings, and thoughts about the world we live in. As an author I try to find a way to share the story that fills my head with as much passion as I can muster.


The proceeds from "Angel of Mine" go to benefit the American Cancer Society for as long as the book remains in print, so for as long as I live and beyond. The book went on to reach number 40 on the hot 100 and touched millions of lives.

History

For the last five years, I have continued to develop, however only recently have I been able to write. Over the last decade I have written novels, children's books, and poetry. When I first discovered that I had a gift for writing I never thought much about what I would write, I just knew that I had to put the thoughts in my head to paper. People often ask me where the characters come from, and to that I say, "The people in my life that touch me the most". Although I get ideas from everything I see and hear. A song, a book, and sometimes even a stranger can inspire me to write about them in one way or another.  
        When I sat down to start writing "Angel of Mine" I found myself second guessing everything about the book, and the idea of ever releasing it to the public just seemed wrong. That changed as everyone in my little circle of friends told me repeatedly how much people could be helped by my sharing my gift with the world. Thankfully, I listened to them. And just over a year after its completion I released "Angel of Mine" with the proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society. The book went on to reach number 40 on the hot 100. However, it was the love from people everywhere that touched me the most. People writing to me with their stories, and the way my little book helped them really opened my eyes to the fact that God had a purpose for my gift after all.
        Sometimes we have to look beyond ourselves to see the big picture. "Angel" would have never seen the light of day without the support of my friends, and my gift from God. Over the first year without my mother, I spent most of my time writing like I had never written before. That year alone I penned "Angel of Mine" , "Letting Go", "All Kinds of Love", and "The Final Acclaim" just to name a few. Yes, I was busy letting out all the pain that filled my soul . I wanted to live, but without writing I'm not sure that I would have survived the loss. Today I can look back and know that I was blessed with wonderful friends, and family that always did their best to help me pull through, "I love them all".

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