I grew up in the small, and very rural, town of Latham, Alabama.
When I was 13 years old my parents made a decision that would forever change my life. My parents, Thomas and Bessie Ankum moved the family to Chicago, Illinois.
Chicago was a world apart from Latham, Alabama. Everything was different — the people and the way they moved through their world, the way they dressed, talked, and walked, and even down to the foods they ate.
My rural upbringing made me a target for Chicago’s tough inner city kids.
How did I cope? Like any other kid who finds themselves a loner, I took refuge in fantasy. Reading mostly, and watching television soap operas, detective stories, and sitcoms provided me the necessary components for great story telling.
However, it was not until years later, while watching The Oprah Show that I was inspired to write the story of my life in the memoir, ‘STALKED! By Voices.’ The success of STALKED led me to try my hand at true blog posting with ‘A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth,’ and ‘My Stalking Blog.
After which, I turned to the writing of pure fiction — Flight 404, Ruby Sanders, One Three Thirteen and coming soon, Jared Anderson and 24 – The Hunt for Red November.