Or Honey West. You probably don’t remember Honey West, it was a TV show in 1965-66 and Honey was a female private detective (a rarity at that time).
Honey a lived a life of danger and intrigue. She drove a flashy convertible. She had a pet ocelot. An OCELOT! Can you imagine? I’m a dog person, but even I would find an ocelot to be an incredible pet.
And she could fight. She was a black-belt in Judo.
Sadly, Honey West was canceled after a single season, losing out to Gomer Pyle (apparently in those days, there was only room for one main show). However, she made a huge impression on me, as you can tell.
I wasn’t allowed to wear sneakers or jeans, so you can imagine how my mother flipped when she found me on the front lawn with my girlfriend practicing Judo. Where all the neighbors could see!
Yes, I was a rebel. At least on the inside.
My own life was less exciting. I was an only child in a dysfunctional situation and felt smothered and stifled. To escape, I read and spent time with my dogs. In elementary school, I made my first attempt at writing: a Nancy Drew-type mystery.
I would gather the neighborhood kids and tell them stories, learning how to reel them back in when their attention wandered. I discovered I loved entertaining them with my imagination.
I was hooked.
I went to school to be a teacher, and I’m teaching writing at Montana State University/Gallatin College. While I love fiction, I also enjoy learning and sharing what I’ve learned in books, classes, and presentations.
I’ve written ad copy, merchandise hang tags, greeting cards, product inserts, web copy, magazine and newspaper articles, and books.
If you love to write, you can’t stop.
And I can’t stop.
It’s who I am.