It Started with a  Book

It all started with the Doll Hospital—my first hardback book given to me by my aunt who lived in a city faraway from my small South Georgia town. The bright red book about dolls who needed to be repaired was my first travel to another place. We only had a Bible and a reference book about animals at our house. My parents read the newspaper and Readers Digest. I read my Weekly Reader in third grade. By fourth grade I had a Western Blue Flyer bike and was allowed to ride it four streets away to the library and to Girl Scouts.

My first adventure into books took me to the library every week in the summer—I wanted to be the top summer reader. I explored Trixie Belden, Betsy Byars, and, with the encouragement of my librarian, soon graduated to Earle Stanley Gardner.

I traded books for boys by ninth grade. College only allowed time for required reading. I had a serious boyfriend by then.

Graduation, a career in teaching, a husband, and, two years later, a bouncing baby boy meant no time for pleasure reading. In just a few years, I was studying again for a Master’s degree. Still no time to enjoy reading.

I discovered storytelling at thirty-seven and fell in love with stories—folk tales, fairy tales, sci-fi, and ghost tales.

Saturated with stories, life turned upside down. I was blind and couldn’t read in the normal way. All those printed books I bought were now unreadable to me. Audio books were not plentiful in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

Today I am a writer—or am I truly a writer? I don’t know yet. My two books are published and I wait for them to be read. Comments are trickling in. “Fiona, it’s a page-turner. I can’t put it down.” “This deserves national exposure.” Exciting times. I wake up wanting to write a new story.

One thing I know—I am a lover of stories!

 

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"You can't depend on your vision when your imagination is out of focus." --Mark Twain

“Fiona captivates her audiences by knocking their blinders off” Jim Cashin, Director of Georgia Radio Reading Service (GARRS)

Fiona Spoke Here:

  • American Council of the Blind
  • American Library Association
  • Asso. of Teacher Educators
  • Atlanta's Paralympics
  • Bregman Conference
  • Callaway Gardens
  • Chic-fil-A
  • Galloway School
  • GAEL Conference
  • Georgia Dept of Family & Children's Services
  • Georgia Dept of Juvenile Justice
  • Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Helen Keller Foundation
  • Lake Lanier Villages
  • National Conference on Storytelling
  • National Council of the Teachers of English
  • N. Carolina Brain Injury Assn.
  • Project Lift
  • Riverside Academy
  • Salvation Army Auxiliary
  • SPADD Conference
  • St. Jude's Children's Hospital
  • Tommy Nobis Center
  • Youth Villages Author Series
  • Youth Villages Inner Harbour Campus
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