This has been my experience. Every once in a while, when some thought or idea has plagued me continuously, a book comes along that puts it into perspective for me.

Now, it could be the case that consciously or not, I’m seeking out the books I need to read. Nevertheless, the book is there.

The best example I can give, is when I began to write. I always wanted too, but I was already in my fifties, and late fifties at that. I had given up the dream. Then, I ran across a book called Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It literally turned my world upside down.

I loved the beauty of the writing so much, I thought, why not give it a try. I never became a huge fan of the TV series, although I have enjoyed each book.

My writing is different than Gabaldons, but I would venture to say we both write from a deep place in our hearts. So, I must figuratively thank her for inspiring me to give it a try.

It has worked out well for me.

When has a book turned up in your life when you needed it?

Hello. I am the author of the Historical Fiction novel called Mamie Garrison. It is a tale of slavery, abolition, romance and history, set in the years just prior to the Civil War. It is available on Kindle for .99 and also in paperback. Mamie Garrison has a dual storyline. The present day story involves Bella and Andrew finding Mamie's journals. Their story includes romance and paranormal aspects. Mamie's story follows her adventures as an abolitionist through her journals. There are some mysteries as well as an unusual background in Mamie's life. I have completed book two in my series. Colin Garrison, Book 2 of The Garrisons is available at Please see my Colin Garrison page under the menu option for a small sample of this new book. The third and final book in the series, Emily Garrison is now available. Please see above for link. I am 62 with one adult child and one grandchild. I have always enjoyed the written word and have been a voracious reader from my early youth. I am inspired by many authors in the historical fiction genre. I am also a lover of Russian literature, particularly Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. I find great inspiration for creating characters by looking at the ones these two authors have created. There is such a depth to them. I have written for most of my life in one form or another. I have dabbled in poetry and songwriting, and have more started novels than finished ones. In my free time, I like reading, history and travel. I am interested in genealogy and working on my family tree. I live in St Louis.

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