I was born and grew up in southwest Virginia. My father was a sharecropper and there were eleven children in our family. Bethel School (Elementary and High School) was the only school I attended. At the age of 17, I quit school and married. At the age of 28, I was a single mother with two adorable daughters. With no formal training, I worked at menial jobs at minimum wages until 1965 when I received my first big break. As head of the household, I qualified for a new government program created for low-income wage earners (The Manpower Development and Training Act of 1964). After completing a clerk-typist course, I passed the Civil Service Entrance Exam and GED test. My two daughters and I moved to northern Virginia. In 1966, I began my career with the U.S. Government in Washington, DC. During my government career, I worked for five different agencies in four states and Washington, DC. My career spanned the administrations of seven presidents. President Johnson was in office when I began working for the government and President Clinton was president when I retired. In 1995, I retired from the Social Security Administration and began a writing career. My first novel, "The Pink Irish Rose", was published in 2006. It is being republished and should be out in the summer of 2014. A sequel entitled, "Thorns of the Pink Irish Rose", will be published soon after. I have had two short stories published in a national magazine and another one published in an anthology. Some of my poems have been published in anthologies. I currently live with Rita, my daughter, in southwest Virginia. My daughter Cindy lives nearby. I also have two grandsons, Daniel and Joe.