BIOGRAPHY SARAH DIANNE “DEE” GIBBENS BORN: June 12, 1947; New Orleans, Louisiana PARENTS: The late Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Walters; Rayville, Louisiana ONE BROTHER: J. Lonnie Walters; Altus Plantation, Alto, Louisiana MARRIED to Mike Gibbens ANNIVERSARY: September 11, 1971 CHIDREN: Karen Dianne Eliser; November 21, 1972
EDUCATION: Graduated from Rayville High School, May 1965; Blue Mountain College, Blue Mountain, Mississippi (two years); Jackson Commercial College, Jackson, Mississippi; Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana. Married, started our family, and didn’t get back into college until 20 years later. Graduated from Northeast Louisiana University, Monroe, Louisiana, with a Bachelor of General Studies Degree, December 1988 at the age of 41. My parents were the proudest in the entire Coliseum that night!
WRITING ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND HONORS: Collection of approximately 100 poems entitled “One Woman’s Reflections on Life and Love”; one greeting card published by Blue Mountain Arts, Boulder, Colorado entitled “Ours Is A Silent Love (June 1993). Four poems: “A Daughter Is Born”, “Dragon Moon”, Before the Battle”, and “The Meaning of Love”, earned Merit Awards; “Daddy’s Chair” and “The Meaning Of Love” earned Editor’s Choice Awards; all were recorded on tape by The National Library of Poetry. I have been published in the following anthologies: Treasured Poems of America (1992), Sparrowgrass Poetry Forum; A Bouquet of Memories (19920, Creative Arts and Science Enterprises; Expectations (1992), Illiad Press; The Other Side of the Mirror (1992), Watermark Press; Distinguished Poets of America (1993), The National Library of Poetry; Outstanding Poets of 1994, The National Library of Poetry; Best Poems of 1995, The National Library of Poetry; The Best Poems of the 90’s (1996), The National Library of Poetry. From September 1993 through December 1994, I had a column, “The Poet’s Corner” in a local news magazine serving Monroe and three surrounding parishes. In November 1993, one of my poems was printed in the DPMA NEWS, a newsletter published by the Data Processing Management Association of Monroe.
I am a member of the Northeast Louisiana Storytellers and Authors of Romance (NOLA STARs); Romance Writers of America; Lifetime member of International Society of Poets. NOLA Awards: Shooting Star Award, Writing Achievement for completed novel. RWA: PRO status.
From December 2002 through most of 2009 I was an active member, moderator, and secretary/treasurer of the Mature Backstreet Boys Fan Club International. During that time I was rather prolific with my writing: 4 novel length stories; 4 novellas; 30+ short stories and vissies; 7 drabbles. My dream is to “revamp” these stories and convert them all to Contemporary Romances. I have at least 7 works in progress (contemporary genre), and at some point would like to try my hand at a children’s book and a paranormal novel. In 2008 I served as editor/proofreader/interpreter for a 500 page MBSBFC Manual. (That was no easy task!)
I have two completed historical romance novels: A CREOLE IN CHARLESTON, which was completed in August 2011, and the sequel to CREOLE, which is entitles WHITE PILLARS. I am several chapters into writing another historical novel which will either be a third book about the same family, OR a stand-alone novel. Once I have three or four books out, I will submit these for publication.
My first book TO LOVE AND PROTECT (Soul Mate Publishing)was due to be released by late summer or early fall of 2012. However, due to many underlying circumstances, I eventually terminated my contract with SM and have now decided to try my luck at Indy publishing. I have completed a second novel and presently have three more works in progress.
As a 38th Wedding Anniversary gift to my husband, I submitted one of my poems to Rod Allen Payne, a musician friend of ours, who put music to the lyrics, had one of his soloists do the vocal, and recorded it to disc. The song is entitled FOR BETTER OR WORSE, and was played for Mike and our family and friends when we renewed our wedding vows in 2009. The second novel I mentioned above is based on this song.
Since 2002 our church has published an Annual Advent Devotional Booklet in which I have been an active participant each year. Among my entries are: STAR CHILD (2002); CHRISTMAS MUSIC (2003); BARE NECESSITIES (2004); I’M ALREADY THERE (2006); WINDY RIDGE (2007); STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART (2008); RENEWING OUR VOWS (2009); A CLEAN SLATE (2011). **2005 and 2010 not available on file** For my friends: I have been asked on occasion to write a special poem for birthdays, anniversaries, and special holidays. I have also written four eulogies.
May 12,2012 On last night's live chat, some of you asked me the definition of a "drabble". A drabble is a complete thought/story told in EXACTLY 100 words: not 99wds, not 101wds; but exactly 100wds. The following are examples:
THE SHOWER by Dee
He stood, eyes closed, as the pulsating wter pounded across his neck and cascaded down his strong muscular body. The streaming water felt good, and he was vaguely aware of her stepping in behind him. He moaned softly as her hands slid across his hips and met at the center of his taunt belly. Her lips caressed his shoulderblades as her long, slender fingers coiled around his now erect shaft. His hips moved slowly as she gently worked her magic on him. He turned in her arms and pressed her against the tiled wall. "Now, Pretty Lady, it's your turn."
THE INTERVIEW by Dee
They interviewed for thirty minutes before she said anything. Her eyes traveled from his crotch to meet his eyes in a sultry gaze. "Do you always go commando, Rick, or is this a special occassion?"
He glanced down at his lap and slowly zipped his open fly. A short, soft laugh escaped his lips. "Well, it wasn't intentional, but it could be special if you'd like," he said in his easy Southern drawl.
She answered with her eyes and he moved from his chair to the sofa and drew her into a warm embrace. "This interview is now officially over."
This is an example of a Double Drabble: (200 words)
FORGIVEN by Dee
His lean hard body cut almost soundlessly through the water with the exception of the occassional soft splash at the end of every lap as he turned to swim the length of the pool again and again. He was strong and well toned because of his exercise regime at the gym whenever he was home, not to mention the rigorous dance routines at every two-hour concert. He was proud of his body. He had worked hard to keep fit and he planned to stay fit for many years to come. His arms were beginning to cramp now. He had to focus. How many laps had he swum? He had lost count. Fifty! Now he remembered. He usually stopped at twenty but tonight was different. He was punishing himself by pushing his body to the limit. No! Past the limit! Sure, he'd had a lousy day at the studio but he had taken it out on her and now she was in their bedroom crying. If she were to miscarry because of their argument he'd never forgive himself. "Sixty!" He felt her presence more than heard her. "Danny?" He stopped, looked up; she smiled and he knew he'd been forgiven.
It's a fun challenge, and not as easy as you would think. Give it a shot. Dee
MOTHER'S DAY: May 13, 2012
The following is a poem I wrote for my mother in honor of Mother's Day-1995. She passed from the Earthly World into her Heavenly Home three years later at the age of 93 years. My brother and I were adopted 2yrs apart. God could not have given us more devoted and loving parents.
A MOTHER'S LOVE by Dee
A Mother's love is Special. But the love of a mother who adopts a child is the most special love of all. You could have chosen any of those other babies but you chose us. You gave us your home - gave us your name - You nurtured us - nursed us - loved us unconditionally. You gave us a strong faith on which to build foundations for our lives - a Faith that has sustained us in times of trouble and uncertainty. There have been times when we have disappointed you - and broken your heart - but you never once stopped loving us. You and Daddy always told us that we were Special because we were "Chosen". For that, Mother, and for all the love you have given us through the years - We owe you so much. All that we are, or ever hope to be, we owe to you - and we shall love you forever in return. YOU are our Mother...and you love is very Special. We love you Mama.
Hey Dee! Ive been MIA forever, but back now. Ive moved all my web pages over to: www.authorkari.blogspot.com, so drop by if you get the chance. How is all with you?
2012-09-16 Hi Dee Glad you like my Cover Of course when my designer sent I opened it and said OMG. What else. Thanks so much,
Eilish Hawes Fraser
2012-09-15 Hi Dee. It's a pleasure to meet you here at RNC. Thank you for your comment on my cover photo, and for your friendship. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
2012-08-13 Hi, Dee! Thanks for the comment on my page. Yeah, it's just a pen name, a name I used for a hero when writing fan fic back in the day!
2012-07-08 Great photo of you Dee.
2012-06-16 Hi Dee! Sorry for the delay in response. Only just noticed your comment about my wip Midnight Blaze and wanted to thank you!
2012-06-10 Looks like you had a great time!! Great profile pic
2012-06-02 hope you are having a wonderful time in Arizona Dee!!! Pics please :-D HUGS
Mary J. McCoy Dressel
2012-05-29 Hi, Dee, Thank you for connecting with me here.
2012-05-29 Hi Dee, thank you so much for adding me as a friend!
2012-05-21 Hello Dee, nice to meet you. Thanks so much for the friend invitation.
2012-05-19 Hi Dee! Thanks for the friend request! Nice to meet you. :)
2012-05-11 Hey Thanks again :) Glad you like it! Good luck with your writing. I love poetry!
Charlene A. Wilson
2012-05-10 So nice to meet you Dee. It's great you have a talent for writing poetry. Definitely not one of mine. *sigh* But I appreciate it. :)
Best of luck on the pubbing road. I'm with a small publisher but looking for representation for my next series. Such a very wide range of opportunities out there.
2012-05-10 thanks so much for the compliment. I love shooting covers. So happy you enjoyed looking at my work :) and of course working with Jimmy Makes it easy!!
2012-05-10 SO SORRY to hear about the Rejection!! Think of it this way: there is a BETTER place for your ms. and it WILL get there. What route are you planning to go: Ebooks and Print Publishers? Major Pub Houses? Tell me your genre and maybe I can suggest a few places.
Hang in there! Rejections are only small blocks in the road.
2012-05-09 Thanks so much for the friend request. Nice to connect with you on RNC :)
2012-05-09 I fell last year and broke 3 bones in my ankle/foot. Apparently I also did damage to my knee but didnt know it. So now I have a torn meniscus to deal with. NOT fun. (grin)
I look at it as a way to keep me in my chair to write MORE since I wont be able to walk for awhile! LOL!
2012-05-09 Hi Dee,
2012-05-08 HI Dee,
Im glad we're connected!
Unfortunately no, I wont be attending the Desert Rose Conference this year. Im having to have knee surgery. GROAN.
Hope you have a great time; its a fantastic conference!
2012-05-08 Hi, Dee. It's a pleasure to meet you. ((hugs))