I began my writing career in 2005 as a local and regional newspaper reporter. As a freelance journalist, I reported on current events, covered health and fitness topics, conducted interviews with residents, business professionals and political leaders, researched historical tidbits, and investigated any other newsworthy leads that came my way.
My work is now published in national print and online publications, blogs, and newsletters. My favorite subjects to investigate are health-related issues, nature and the environment, historical topics, and little-known facts. I enjoy doing research, conducting interviews, learning new things, and sharing the information with others. That’s the best part of being a journalist.
My nonfiction book, “Heartaches and Miracles,” combines my personal experience, researched information, and a positive pep talk for anyone suffering with the autoimmune blood disorder called ITP. It is also helpful for anyone who wants to understand what this disease is all about.
When I moved into fiction, I focused on a younger audience. Perhaps my “inner child” was seeking to get out. My “Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat” series for young children includes four books. The stories describe the antics of a silly dog and his best friend as they learn valuable lessons while out exploring the world around them.
My middle-grade “Wee People” fantasy series consists of two books. The stories follow two teens who answer a plea for help and wind up stranded on another world helping the wee people defeat a demented forest god.
Whether it’s books, blogs, essays, articles, or profiles, it all boils down to one thing – I love to write. It doesn’t matter if the finished work is in my name or someone else’s; it’s what I want to do for the rest of my life.
My first attempt at writing was when I was in the eighth grade at a new school. My full given name is Dannye Sue (a Southern tradition, of course), but my teacher refused to call me anything but Sue. She said “Dannye” was a boy’s name. I refused to answer the roll until she called me by my name. When our class was invited to compete in a contest by the high school newspaper, the name incident prompted me to write my autobiography called “My Name and I.” I won! In high school I was thrilled to be on the newspaper staff and to eventually become the Editor-in-Chief. Our newspaper won a first place award at the national conference for high school newspapers that year.
Most of my writing after high school was poetry and official documents for work until 1978 when I became the International Technical Analyst for Financial Instruments for ContiCommodity. I was asked to teach a course on technical analysis in Chicago to incoming Account Executives. That was my first book-length project, complete with illustrations.
In 1984, I became a woman who loves to write and teach about personal growth. Through my management background I was fortunate to be in a position of working with others to change their lives as well as impact the tasks at hand through their personal growth.
I began writing articles in the field of spiritual psychology. Since that time I have written ten nonfiction manuscripts, edited a number of presentations in the field, and produced three CDs and one 5-CD audiobook. In fiction, I have authored eight novels in more than one genre.
My writing has included articles, hundreds of blog posts for my own blogs on writing, editing, and management, marketing copy for a graphic designer for clients, such as Georgia-Pacific, and web content for several clients including those for whom I designed their web sites. I have also edited a number of indie author books.
I was once asked to describe my writing process. This is what I wrote.
Passion stirs your soul, and the words slam against the edges of your mind, trying to escape, until finally your fingers fly across the keyboard. Your passion has now moved from the metaphysical to the physical. Your creation has taken form. Your world is afire with the energy of your creation. Then suddenly, it is over. The last word is on paper.