I started out writing in my head around the age of 12. I didn't play with dolls, I crafted and scripted scenes. It may be one of the great epics never put onto paper.
In college, I was a member of the Memphis State DeSoto yearbook staff and later worked on my church's newsletter especially for the Women's Day celebrations. I am really into research and spent most of one semester doing research on African Americans in television shows. Working on my master's while at WREG-TV, I was invited to present that paper focusing on Blacks in Primetime at Rutgers. At WREG, I also wrote the company monthly newsletter and had a couple of articles printed in the New York Times Company newsletter. I wrote hundreds of 30-second spots: public service announcements, vignettes, promos and commercials.
Once I left the station and opened my company, I still wrote for a living -- brochures, news releases, website copy, but no books -- except the one that earned me my M.A. in Journalism from the University of Memphis in 1999. One of my clients was author Pat Winston of the Earl the Emu series. I got her write ups in the local papers, appearances and placement of her book in certain locations. I even wrote an article about my son to dramatize her main character in the book. The article was published in Memphis Parent and on a number of websites. Still no book.
I have been a member of the A-OK Toastmasters Club since 2001 and I have written more speeches than I can count. Still no book.
Writing "From Sagging to Success" was a labor of love and I enjoyed every minute of it. Once again, I used my son to bring the main character in Emery Franklin's Crossroads: From Sagging to Success art exhibit to life in the book. Emery is a great artist and I also love telling people about the book. It is some of my best work.