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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Welcome Back

"Welcome back. Your dreams were your ticket out." - "Welcome Back" by John Sebastian

After seven months of silence, I think it's time to revive this blog! Life has thrown me some curveballs since I last posted, and I am discovering that change can be a very good thing and life's little surprises can be exactly what you needed but didn't even know you wanted. Mysterious? Yes, but all will be revealed in good time. Some things never change though. I am still a writer with the dream of making a career out of doing what I love, I am still working as a nanny for two crazy kids, and I am still obsessed with The Gaslight Anthem, Christmas, and Barrow, Alaska of all places.

In the past, the Willow Writer blog has been a hodgepodge of posts, mirroring the random thoughts that course through my brain at any given moment. But starting now I am going to focus mainly on the subject of writing, with some pop culture stuff thrown in because I just can't help it. And every once in a while, I may toss up a story or two about my life that I find too exciting not to share.

As some of you who have been reading my blog for a while may remember, I used to have my first two "Willow Ryan" novels available as ebooks through Barnes & Noble and Amazon. I took them down while I pursued other publishing avenues, but they are now available once again and I am very excited at the opportunity to share my writing with the world. Here are the descriptions of my first two Willow books, and if you are interested in previewing or downloading them, simply click the book covers in the sidebar to the right.


It is the summer of 1986, and recent high school graduate Willow Ryan is going to have a baby, something she never imagined would happen to her. Unable to disclose her secret and unwilling to give up her baby, Willow leaves her Midwestern home for a new life in charming Santa Elena, California, where she lands a job working for a quirky Southern belle named Peggy, who has a knack for finding trouble in the most unlikely places. Willow's new neighbor, a friendly surfer dude named Denny, quickly becomes someone she can count on for anything, but could there be more to their relationship than Willow sees?

"Secrets" will take you on a journey with this independent, determined young woman as she grows up quickly, becomes a mother, and deals with a catastrophic event that makes all of her secrets come to light.


It's now 1987 in the small coastal town of Santa Elena, California. Willow Ryan has a beautiful baby, a good job at a children's boutique, great friends, and Denny, her neighbor and boyfriend who she is growing closer to by the day. After more than a year's worth of secrets and lies, Willow's relationship with her parents is on the mend as well, leading her to believe that all of the pieces of her life are finally falling into place. To top it off, Willow's sassy Southern boss and fairy godmother in disguise, Peggy, proposes an exciting new business venture that could mean big things for both of them. Working at Two Peas in a Pod is always fun, and now it could possibly get even better!

But just when Willow thinks that things are picture perfect, her world is turned upside down when Denny drops a bombshell that could change everything. Will their relationship survive this latest challenge, or will Willow lose the one person that has been there for her through every step of her rocky journey?

Follow Willow as she continues to grow, learn, and navigate through her wonderful, crazy, difficult, blessed life in "Promises".

Thank you so much for reading and welcome back to us all. :)