I think I was in my freshman year of High School when I had a substitute Teacher by the name of Mr. Detar. He was filling in for my poetry class while my Teacher was on leave.
After writing a few poems, Mr. Detar asked me if I would like to send them out for a contest. I was extremely shy and told him that I didn't want to. He told me that my poems were that good and that I might be able to make some money for them. Again, I told him that I couldn't do that. Even though I didn't know Mr. Detar that long, he made an impact in my life. For the first time, I felt that I might have a gift in writing poetry.
My life took a turn and I later went to work as a Secretary right out of High School. After my third daughter was born I chose to become a stay-at-home mom and also had one more daughter.
The desire for writing was planted deep in my soul, from Junior High and High School creative writing Teachers, to Mr. Detar. I did dabble with poetry off and on throughout the years and sent a few out to various publications, but could not resist the temptation to include two poems within my book ~ Legend of the Mer.
So thank you Mr. Detar wherever you are! ;)