I would like to take this time to tell you about a very influential person in my life; my father Ronnie Dade. In 1996, when I was 12, he passed away. It was very sudden; he was sick for about a week to a week and a half, went to the doctor, and several days later was gone. But this blog isn’t to dwell on the bad things that life throws your way.
When I sat down to write this blog post, I instantly got writer’s block. I mean, I wanted to share so much about my father but at the same time I didn’t. These memories are mine, and I’m quite greedy when it comes to them. However this time of year is for celebrating our parents and family, and I intend to do that.
Most of my favorite childhood memories involve my dad. We used to go fishing at a local lake. One time, we participated in a fishing competition. No, we didn’t win. Didn’t even come close. We spent a chunk of our time oogling the snapping turtle that found its way onto our line. I remember my dad working outside, planting trees that are standing tall to this day and creating a pond in our front yard. As a child, you don’t think about memorizing every detail and as time passes the memories you do have start to fade. But it’s not the memories that keep me strong, it’s him. Knowing that he could be watching over me, watching the decisions I make. Thinking of him kept me out of trouble, even during my goth teen years. I’ve tried my best to make him proud even though he wasn’t here to see it. I still do, which is why my first book I ever had published was dedicated to him.
Now, what I want to know is, who has helped shape your life? Who has been the reasons behind the choices you make?
Also, time for my shameless plug; keep an eye out for my science fiction / fantasy story, At All Costs, due out in December.
Samantha is a technopath. In a post-apocalyptic world where all technology has declared war on humanity, she has the unparalleled ability to obliterate the tech-monsters, one threat at a time. But it comes with a costly price tag… Rodney Connelly discovered Sam and works to protect her from those who would abuse her powers. After all, she’d saved his life… General Lieberman, self-proclaimed leader of the small unit of combat soldiers, has observed what the technopath can do and believes Sam can create as well as destroy. And he’s determined to exact the maximum—no matter the cost. There is one problem. The level of power Sam must use to create the monster may cost her life. Will she make the ultimate sacrifice to save the world?