Please welcome my guest author, Michele Drier. Not only is she a prolific and talented author, she is the president of the Guppies (Going to be Published or Great Unpublished) sub-group of Sisters in Crime. Find her at http://www.micheledrier.com/
Your turn, Michele:
A couple of weeks ago, Judy wrote a blog about a dream catcher. This made me look at a piece that’s been hanging on my office wall for better than ten years.
I don’t know if this would officially be called a dream catcher. It’s a piece my mother did in an Art I class she took in college...in the late 1970s when she was in her mid-fifties.
My mother was an actress. She found her passion in high school in
when that area was almost all farms. She was born in San Francisco and lived in
the Bay Area until she moved to Humboldt County, in the far north of California,
when she was in her forties. San
She hated the weather (way too much rain), hated being so far from
(about 300 miles) but loved the chances she
took to learn and to find her forte. San
Going back to school as an adult gave her challenges beyond being a wife, mother and secretary, the big three in the 1950s. She kept with it and received her BA in 1970, the same year my youngest sister graduated from high school.
This was the time that my mother let her great passion bloom. She became one of the best-known little theater actors in the North Coast region, was cast in several films shot there, was a member of the Screen Actors Guild, and eventually earned an MFA in film.
It was difficult going to college at the same time as one’s mother, particularly when she kept making the Dean’s List and was offered a year’s study in
My mother taught me many lessons, from tying my shoes to telling time, but the most important one was to stay curious. She’d drop the dish towel and call us to come out and look at the sunset—a thing I do with my grandchildren, now. At the height of the Cold War, she’d start dinner table fights with positive comments about
and communism. She wasn’t a communist,
but she wanted us to develop our own beliefs by using our minds to learn and
sift and choose. Russia
Today is the sixth anniversary of my mother’s death, but she’s with me every day. I look at a picture I took of her at the top of the Montmartre Steps as I’m writing. I pass a portrait of her and my eldest granddaughter every time I walk down the hall.
And I glance up at her dream catcher—her assemblage piece—several times a day, not consciously registering, but knowing she’s cheering me on.
I need to remember to keep focusing on the dream.
Michele Drier was born in
and is a fifth
generation Californian. She’s lived and worked all over the state, calling both
Southern and Northern Santa Cruz
home. During her career in journalism—as
a reporter and editor at daily newspapers—she won awards for producing
investigative series. California
She writes the Amy Hobbes Newspaper mysteries and the six-book Kandesky Vampire Chronicles paranormal romance series and has just published her eighth book, SNAP: Happily Ever After? She’s working on the seventh book in the series, SNAP: White Nights, scheduled for publication in early 2014.