[I put my pic next to my avatar because I was intrigued by how much the avatar looked like me! Of course in real life, there are more wrinkles. ;) ]
I absolutely love to write. It is my true bliss. I began writing the Dandelions Never Die series when my own life was falling apart. My first marriage was coming to an end. On top of that, I was emotionally traumatized by a sexual assault, which led to an attempted suicide. I haven’t told many people that last part. I’m sharing now in an effort at being completely honest, which I know also makes me completely vulnerable. This was back in 1994. Something else happened that year. Something that until now I haven't told people about, mostly because I was a coward. I thought people would think I was crazy. I wasn't sure how to hand what happened and so I simply pushed it aside to tend to another day. Well, that day has come. That "something else" is why I started writing in the first place and is something I can't deny.
Let me begin by saying this...I know of a surety that we as humans are not alone in this world. I know that there is much more going on behind the scenes, things that are beyond our five senses. I ask that people open their minds, draw no conclusions and just think...what if.
I began writing because of an amazing spiritual experience, a miracle really, which I speak about when I speak to groups. I had a "heavenly visitor" who instructed me to begin writing. So, I did. When I penned those first few pages of Dandelions Never Die, it was like a balm to my soul and I couldn’t stop. I hadn’t intended to help anyone other than myself. However, when one of the first responses I received from a reader in Texas, someone I didn’t know at all, was a ‘thank you’ for helping her to heal, it struck a spark in me. It touched a chord that began to hum softly at first, and then grew louder. I hadn’t understood why I had been asked to write, though I was beginning to understand.
Yet, I still had my doubts, not in the message I’d been given but in my ability to carry it out. Though I was a voracious reader and though English Lit was my favorite subject in high school, I had no formal college education. How could I write? I asked that question and the still small voice came to me: “Just write.” And so, going on faith and intuition, I did.
It was as I neared the end of writing the 8th book, that I realized the entire series of Dandelions Never Die was about women who have had to overcome great obstacles, great traumas which they overcame. By that time I’d heard many times from readers who felt empowered, encouraged, loved and inspired by the stories I was telling. I became dedicated to helping women discover who they are and helping them to become who they want to be. My goal became that through my little stories I can help others to empower themselves, to heal, to become enlightened and awakened, to discover their innate power to create their world and to find joy and love in all they do. Those were worthy goals and I didn’t want to give up on them.
I did not have the means to go back to school and so I tried to make up for my lack of formal education by taking online writing classes, joining writing groups, and participating in writing seminars. I found some of those to be very enlightening and a huge help, and others to be ego driven vessels which were very discouraging, but I leaned to discern, so it was all good.
I chose to go the way of Indie writer, for many reasons, the main one being that I wasn’t willing to follow certain formulas and certain rules. However, being an ‘independent’ means I’m on my own. I put all 8 books in the series up as The Dandelions Series on Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes and Noble's Nook, and other e-book venues, and also in print on Amazon, (which were also available in book stores per request.) I received many great reviews and a few not so great reviews, mostly due to typos and grammatical errors in the books. I’ve always felt things deeply and admittedly have a thin skin and those last reviews really hurt me. I was devastated. I knew as an Indie it was up to me to make sure my books were error-free or lose credibility as a writer.
Of course, I know the difference between their, they’re and there, or when to use it’s and its, etc., still, I am amazed at how often, in the passion of writing a scene, I accidentally used the wrong word(s). Reading back over my words, again and again, I was able to catch some errors. However, it is almost impossible to edit one’s own work. My husband being disabled and I his caretaker, I was without the means to hire a professional proofreader or editor, so, I had to do the best I could. I shopped the books out to several volunteers, English teachers included, who were kind enough to help with finding errors, though still, some remained.
In the meantime, I had tragedy in my life. On October 12, 2013, my first husband, to whom I was very close, passed away suddenly. My children were (and still are,) devastated, and so was I. That devastation added to not having the heart to finish my next book, which I’d been working on for over a year, plus the bad review about the typos, well, I let it all get to me. I was so upset by those last reviews, which were written by one woman and copied and pasted on almost every book I had up on Amazon, that I took my books down. I figured no one would even notice. I felt defeated. I thought I should just forget about writing. I felt like a failure. Yet, deep inside, something kept pushing me to get back in the saddle. I’d lost faith in myself, but I just could not deny the catalyst that had started me on this journey, that heavenly visitation, and so, a year after my first husband’s death, and after much soul-searching, I decided to go through the books, update, revise, revamp and correct the best I can and put them back up. The name of the series has changed from The Dandelions Series to Dandelions Never Die - The Series, to reflect that in each book a dandelion doesn’t die, but comes back bright, strong, beautiful and in balanced harmony. I will eventually get to the next romantic series, but all this brought me to a new and exciting adventure in my life! An inspirational/personal development non-fiction book that is coming soon! [Messages from Transcendent Beings] The story of how that book came to be is in the preface of the book. Miracles do happen. I am being led on quite a journey and I am passionately writing and speaking about that journey!
Now that I'm back in the saddle and hard at work, I've realized I've learned some things during this process. I’ve learned to not read my own reviews. I’ve learned I can’t please everyone. I’ve learned that people aren’t always kind and aren’t always constructive when giving criticism, but that most people are loving and compassionate. And a big thing, I’ve learned to not let anyone steal my joy. I’ve learned to be honest with others and with myself. I've learned to live in gratitude more than ever. I’m grateful for everything, even criticism, for it helps me to learn and become even better at my craft. I’ve also learned it’s okay to ask for what I want, and here it is: I want millions of readers to read my words and be touched, entertained, healed and changed for the better. I wish for every single person to have intense love and exuberant joy in their lives. I know, I know, I’m not asking for much, huh?
Now, my turn is over. It’s your turn! I sincerely love to hear from my readers and always answer all my emails. Please write me at . . .
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McCartney Green began writing as her first marriage was coming to an end. Like many women, she’d lost herself under the labels of wife and mother. But she found herself again when she picked up the pen. McCartney was both excited and sad to have completed Book 8 of The Dandelions Series. The Kino family will be missed... but who knows, may be back with a surprise one day...hint hint.
McCartney has seven extremely loving children and thirteen amazing grandchildren, who she says are her teachers in all things. She lives in the suburbs of Atlanta with her second husband, where she alternates between writing, speaking to women's groups and “playing in the dirt.”
In her words.....
"My novels tend to address serious women's issues and I am an advocate for the empowerment of women. If you haven't read the "Did You Know" page, please take the time to do so. It's surprising in this day and age that these things are still so very common. Knowledge is power. Spread the word.
"Can you believe that I've actually received hate mail from some men who were angry that I would dare speak out about violence against women? I admit, the things they said in their emails shook me up. If they do that to me, imagine what they do to the women in their lives. Fortunately not all men are like that. I am definitely no "man-hater," which I think is obvious from my books. I love men. Good, gentle, strong, loving, confident men who treat the women in their lives with love and respect. Here's to ya! Peace out."
[This picture was taken in 2009 before I let my hair go to it's natural color... gray! Just got tired of coloring my hair and decided to try to age gracefully.]