April cannot remember when she did not want to be a writer. She began writing stories for her friends at age ten and continued through high school writing what would now be known as fan fiction using the members of the Kennedy family and Star Trek characters. She honed her writing skills as editor of her high school newspaper and continued as a journalism major in junior college. When she found that she lacked the aggressive nature needed for news journalism, she decided to follow her other dream of becoming a doctor. Fear of needles and blood and absolutely no aptitude for chemistry led to her decision to become a science and English teacher.
Her love for writing never left her, however. It was years later, after raising two children and teaching for over twenty years, that April completed her first book. I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas: A Holiday Survival Guide, a knee-jerk response to holiday madness with tips for saving one’s money and sanity, was published in 2006. In 2010, Night Keeper, a romantic suspense novel centering around a young single mother, her zookeeper coworkers, and murder at the zoo, was published.
April continues to write while enjoying retirement and being a new grandmother. Besides spending time with family, she also enjoys camping in her vintage 1962 Scotsman trailer, going hunting and traveling with her husband, working on her “vintage” home, junking and antiquing, and working two days a week at a flag and giftwrapping shop in Tyler, Texas.
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