I never planned to be a writer. I thought success in life was defined by social status and money. At least that was the lesson I learned at my parents’ knees. So, I did my best to marry well, ignoring the warning voices in my head. As one might expect, my personal life took some pretty serious hits although to those of you looking from the outside all would have seemed just fine.
A second marriage and a decision to stop drinking (my response to not liking the things that had happened to me as a result of some really bad choices I had earlier made) started me on a spiritual, not religious, path. It’s been almost 30 years now, and while life certainly has presented me with challenges, the call to continue on the path has remained strong.
So, what does any of that have to do with me being a writer?
By 2008, a year after my father died, I had spent many years peeling the onion of my life and the affects of my decisions. At the urging of a close friend, I decided to tell my family’s story - the story of generational dysfunction, how decisions we make affect our children, and how healing and reconciliation can occur. Biologically Bankrupt, published in 2010, is the book that tells that story. I also created a website, adairsanders.com. where I began to post essays about life, and three years later, in a writing class I had decided to take at the Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, Allison Parker, the protagonist in my current Allison Parker Mystery Series, introduced herself to me. The books in that series are: As Sick As Our Secrets; What Comes Around; Ashes to Ashes; Suffer the Children and Wolf. In the summer of 2018 I published a collection of essays, Out of the Ashes, selecting some of my favorites from the hundreds I had written between the publication of my memoir and the first book in the mystery series.
I have believed all along - ever since I wrote Biologically Bankrupt - that that first book was in response to a spiritual call. And I now believe that the Allison Parker books, which are pure fiction and FUN to read, will somehow introduce Biologically Bankrupt to a larger audience. I don’t understand how it works, I just know it does.
Anyway, I hope you will read all of my books. They are on Amazon in Kindle, paperback and Audible. They are also available at Highland Books in Brevard, NC, Malaprops Bookstore in Asheville, NC, The Book Loft on Amelia Island, Florida, and Star Line Books in Chattanooga, Tennessee.