I’m an award-winning writer with a passion for reaching women, advocating for special needs kids and restoring God’s honor. I own a business and have four kiddos – although one is ‘hanai’ meaning adopted Hawaiian-style. I’m the editor of Spirit-led Woman eMagazine and I just finished writing my first book, Ten Keys to Raising Kids That Love God.
I started writing when I was in the 4th grade. I remember my teacher, Mrs. Fong, would post my stories and poems on the bulletin board. My home life was chaotic and writing was a way to exit out of the poverty and pain at that time. While my mom tried to figure out how to put on the food on the table, I wrote poems and stories and created illustrations.
At 11-years-old I had my first story published in a kid’s magazine. My mom and dad were divorced. I spent summers at his house working in his garden and writing stories. I got kicked out of high school at 16 because of fighting. That same year I started college.
I took a senior-level English composition course as a freshman. We were required to write 3 papers and I wrote one long, well-researched story. My professor gave me an A and asked me to come to his office. “Have you ever thought of becoming a writer?” He asked me. “No. I want to be a lawyer. I don’t want to be a starving artist.”
He shook his head and continue to encourage me to pursue writing as a career. He must have been prophetic because I ended up writing my way through college. I worked at the campus newspaper, Ka Leo O Hawaii covering politics. I received my degree in Journalism and started my first job as a reporter at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. From writing stories about politics, I’ve taken this incredible winding journey writing articles, scripts, ads, web sites – anything to pay the bills.
I’ve never thought of myself as spectacularly creative. Just a hard-working hack that tries to put out copy that resonates with the audience and “makes bank” as my son Chris would say. My kids are: