I've been telling stories ever since I was ten years old. It's something innate in me, this need to make up stories. Writers and story tellers run strong on the Abel side of my family. My great-granddad was a Methodist preacher and wrote sermons. My dad and his sisters were all proficient storytellers who could hold a body spellbound with their tales of Southern ghosts and growing up during the Great Depression. One of my cousins has a journalism degree and has been an editor at various publications. Another has a degree in Accounting with a minor in English. My grandmother Abel was a school teacher and taught English. You could say this urge to tell stories is in my blood.
The first medium I chose for storytelling was dance. I began choreographing original dances and baton twirling routines when I was in the 5th grade. My choreography wasn't just about putting steps to music, but telling a story through dance and movement.
When the parents told me they wouldn't fund a college education in Dance, I turned my sights to the movies. I wanted to go to film school and become a film director. My senior year in high school I went to the movies every chance I got. I even wrote, directed, and starred in an 8mm short film--a comedic who-done-it--titled The Black and White Panther that riffed on the popular Pink Panther movies starring Peter Sellers. However, the parents again declined to fund a college education in Film.
They wanted me to become an engineer, so I attended Auburn University thinking I'd major in Computer Science and do CGI for the movies. But I'm not an engineer. I might have done well in math, but I do not have the heart or brain of an engineer. Around this time, I started writing fiction, something I've kept at off and on since college.
Two years ago all that persistence paid off and I signed with a publisher and am now an author of four books with more on the way.
So, it was with great pleasure that I had the opportunity to pick my dream cast for my recent book The Weredog Whisperer for Heidi Ruby Miller's Cast Your Characters. You can check it out here: http://heidirubymiller.blogspot.com/2014/03/cast-your-characters-weredog-whisperer.html
If you've read Weredog Whisperer, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my casting choices and/or who you'd pick to play the different roles.