Renowrites blog!

Author of YA novel "Enlightenment" available March 2019!


Writing has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. When I was in sixth grade, I was part of the Huron Shores Writing Institute in Rogers City, Michigan, a little town off the shores of Lake Huron. This writing institute opened my eyes to the world of the pen. I wrote in journals. I wrote poems. A lot of them terrible and adolescent, so I threw many of my early writings away in embarrassment many years ago. I sure wish I kept them, not only to remind me of where I started, but how far I have come, and how much further I need to go. In high school, I wrote a lot of short stories about love and my concept of love at that time. It’s quite amusing now to look back at old pictures of myself in high school. Not only due to the funky hair, but also my mindframe back then.

I became an English major at the University of Michigan, mostly because I didn’t want to go to medical school. I had no idea where an English degree would lead, all I knew is that I enjoyed reading books and trying to write. I never thought of myself as a writer at any time in college, or anytime in post-college. I worked in the music industry, met a girl, got married, had children. Never was it in my plan to be a writer.

I think Carl Sandburg said it best. Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me.

This is certainly true for me. I never planned to be a writer, but I find that I have stories to tell. Stories that I’ve heard from relatives, friends, strangers. Usually stories about a girl or a guy, and how much they were in love at one time or another. Now, I find myself writing about love, in its many shapes and forms that I hope I do justice to the spirit of the word.

I believe that love is unselfish.  To truly love someone means you’re willing to let them be free. It’s quite a scary notion to love someone so much. Personally, I’ve experienced it and hopefully, my novels will always have this underlying theme. My novels will also have some element of the unexpected, since love is unpredictable and unplanned. But a truce is found between two people’s souls who finally give in to their heart, only to have their love challenged in some way. Does love truly overcome? That is the question my novels will explore, because in many instances in real life, love isn’t quite enough. The spin on that is many times, love is enough – only if you let it. Yes it is true, I’m one of those old romantics who believe that “it’s better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all.” Hopefully, my novels show that love is worth fighting for.

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