About Me


Before we dive into my nocturnal existence, here’s a little bit about me and how this all got started.

Last Fall, while working on the set of Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical at The Shawnee Little Theatre, an aspiring author told me that he had decided to write because college is too expensive and “anyone can write a book.”  That remark triggered an interesting conversation that lasted several days.  Sadly, college is too expensive for the majority of us and as I explained to him, while everyone has a story to tell, writing a book was much more difficult than I had expected.

My first foray into higher education fizzled out in my Junior year due to the pressures of life, family and the struggle of a young married couple to survive on minimum wage.  Through it all, I kept writing, feeling that determination and brilliance would carry me.  I had heard other writers say, “I don’t know where the plot is going until my characters take me there”.  I tried that.  I tried everything.  My characters became hopelessly lost, as did I in the volumes of not so brilliant crap I had generated and could not seem to organize.  12 years of ghastly poetry, pointless short stories and 1 dreadful novel went by before I had the opportunity to seek the guidance I had so desperately denied that I needed.

With the help of my grandparents, rest their souls, and my ever supportive husband, I returned to The University of Oklahoma in 1997 to finish my degree in Professional Writing.  Thanks to my many wonderful professors, especially Deborah Chester and J. Madison Davis, I have managed to scrape my crap into an organized pile.  The Crooked Bridge To Hell is my second novel, originally written in 1998 for Deborah Chester’s novel class and is loosely based on a nightmare I had while trying to test out of Remedial Math.  (My first novel was intended to be a romance, but my characters kept murdering each other.)  Writing “Crooked Bridge” under the time constraints of that class was one of the most difficult things I have done, ranking right up there with remodeling the bathroom.  I will never forget the final 100 pages written in 11 feverish days to complete the class.  The bathroom, however, is still a work in progress

I am currently working on my third novel, Toilet Stories, and hope to be done by the end of the year.  I’m not saying what year…


2 Responses to “About Me”

  1. I think that’s awesome!! Never give up!! I believe that Tough Times Don’t Last, But Tough People Do!!! With your witty sense of humor and you degree in Professional Writing you’ll definitely go far!!

  2. That was just plain enjoyable, Loretta. And it goes without saying, well written, for poorly written material is not enjoyable. Self-critiquing is a predisposition our culture doesn’t nurture, and what a shame. You had the grit to take a hard look at your art and do something to encourage its further development. That’s what I call talent. Hats off to you.

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