Hometown: Frisco, Texas
"I am a 46-year-old stay-at-home, divorced and remarried woman. I am currently recovering from a nearly fatal auto accident I had in January 2012. After my accident, I was very thankful to have been given another chance at life. I did what I could do (as I was in a halo and had a broken leg), and that was my writing. Writing provides me with a healthy escape, including a creative outlet for expressing myself. You cannot put a price on spreading kindness and encouragement. The rewards from doing that are what fuel my passion for writing."
What is your favorite OWN show?
"Super Soul Sunday."
What is the one item you can't live without, and why?
My Kindle. I have everything, from all my great books to my Bible to word puzzles, games and more. I can email from it. I carry it with me everywhere so if I see something I like, I can write it down; I love being able to take notes on it. It does everything. It is like my minicomputer.
What do you like that most people dislike?
Okay, this will sound weird to some, but others may get it—sucking the heads off crawfish! I am a Nawlins girl when it comes to cuisine.
What are you proudest of?
I would say I'm proudest of my endurance, strength and determination to overcome my injuries after my accident. I was determined to do everything and more to get back to being a mom and a wife. I did it for myself as well. I knew I could not just surrender to not walking or not driving or being immobile forever. I worked out as much as I physically could, and got myself stronger and stronger. I would not allow myself to just wither away! I was not finished living yet and yearned to get out of that hospital and go home. When I was on a ventilator, they told me I would have to learn to speak again with a little voice box of some sort. About two weeks before they were ready, when no one was in the room, I removed my trach tube and began screaming, "I can talk!" I was screaming as loudly as possible and crying tears of gratitude at the same time. So after that incident, knew I would be okay.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
I cannot stand crooked pictures hung on a wall. I am not in the least bit OCD, but this drives me nuts. I have been known to fix them in doctors' offices when no one is looking. Just looking at them that way makes me crazy!
What would you like to learn to do?
I would like to learn how to give people makeovers. I love watching people feel excited about their new look. This would include cutting and doing hair as well.
What are you particularly bad at that your friends tease you about?
I do not always answer my phone. I feel like if it is important, they can leave a message or text. This is not to be rude; it means I am busy writing or editing my book. But they all know that, and, yes, they do tease me about it. I had one person tell me I was harder to reach than GOD!!