Since childhood, I have wanted to become a writer. I kept a journal for a long time, and I wrote in it often. As I was writing, memories of a past that I wanted to forget, began to resurface. I wrote things as I remembered, to the point where I had enough words and pages for a manuscript. I titled my work, "Dont Wanna Be Here." Then I met a young lady who had a story quite similiar to mine, so I put my story on the back burner because of embarrassment and because I had never shared the secret with anyone. She was also ashamed of her past, but she wanted to break free. I was able to write about her life in, "Too Scared to Tell" (see excerpt at www.tooscaredtotell.com). This work set me free also.
I also compiled several essays in what I called "Wise Wives Don't Run, They Stand on the Word". I made copies to send it off for a copyright, and during this process, several women asked for copies and I made them available. I am revising this work and will submit to be published, hopefully this summer. The name of this work changed to "Wise Wives Don't Run, But Sometimes They Wanna!"
I lost my husband of 35 years, Cleo Perry, Sr., to cancer on February 20, 2009. Together we had three children (Cleo Perry, Jr., Carlos A. Perry, and Dean T. Perry). All of our children hold their undergraduate degrees and two hold graduate studies. As of June 9, 2012, I will hold the Doctor of Ministry Degree in the Theology Degree Program from Life Christian University, Tampa, Florida.
For 25 years, I was a communications specialist at a local university, and editor of the alumni magazine. Then, I wanted a new challenge. In the midst of my 40s, I went back to school and obtained a certification in secondary education. I retired in 2012 as an educator in the public school system. In 1995, I decided to publish a small quarterly neighborhood newspaper called "Folks Talk". After taking care of my husband for a few years and trying to adjust to his death, I got off schedule a little. This little publication's goal is to help bring my community together, allow neighbors get to know the people in the community,and it also makes everyone featured, a celebrity.