About Author

I’d like to say I was always a writer.  I’d also like to say that I wrote every day of my life since a child. That I took the teaching advice I give my former students because writing every day improves your writing.  I’d like to say I have my ten-thousand hours that makes me a proficient writer.  But I can’t say any of those things.  I did dream of writing the “Great American Novel” until one day a friend said:  Why does it have to be great?  Why can’t it just be good and tell a story?

As a teenager, I wrote your typical love-angst poetry that did occasionally win me an award and honor me with addressing my senior high school class at our Baccalaureate Mass.  I didn’t keep a journal because I was too afraid my mom would find it in the mattress where I kept my copy of Judy Blume’s Forever that I wasn’t allowed to read as a twelve year old.

I can say that books have been my life.  I’m a reader. I loved to read the day I discovered “The Three Bears” as a first grader, and ever since then, the written word has been my friend.  Books were an escape for me.  An adventure to the unknown.  A love affair I’d never know.  I could be lost for hours in a book.

So why writing now?  I had a story to tell.  It haunted me from the moment I decided if I just wrote it down it would go away.  But it didn’t.  Three years after writing the first draft, a sign (yes, I believe in them) told me to fix up that draft and work the process to have it published.  That’s what I did.  But one story let to another, and another, and another.  Then a new idea came into my head and a new storyline was created.  

I was accused (that’s the correct word) of having an overactive imagination as a child, as if that was a bad thing.  I’ve also been accused of having the personality of a Jack Russell terrier, full of energy, unable to relax, and always one step ahead.   What can I say other than I have stories to tell and I think you’ll like them.  If you don’t, that’s okay.  We all have our book boyfriends.  We all have our favorites.  Whatever you do, though, take time for yourself and read a book.

L.B. Dunbar

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