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Friday, July 1, 2016

Alicia Dean: 10 Moments That Changed My Life

A while back, I was on Alicia Dean's blog recounting 10 moments that changed my life. So I thought turn about was fair play for Alicia to tell us her moments. Happy Birthday, Alicia!

Alicia Dean – 10 Moments that Changed my Life

1. July 1, 1961 – My birth in Seminole, Oklahoma – I guess it didn’t really ‘change’ my life, but it started it, so I thought it worth a mention, especially since today is my birthday. Side note, although most people who know me have already been told, I was born the same day and year as Princess Diana.

    2.    Around 1967 – I discovered Elvis. I don’t recall the exact moment that I discovered him, but my younger sister recalls me pointing her out to him when she was 5ish and I was 7ish. So, it was some time before then that he came to my attention. Elvis has been such a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. Watching his movies and listening to his music has brought me indescribable joy over the years.

    3. Approximately 1970 to 1971 (Can you tell my memory sucks?) - Writing my first story, a romance called “Just Pretend.” In my author bio I mention writing my first romance when I was 11, but while writing this list, it occurred to me that I moved to Missouri when I was 11, and it seems like I wrote the story a while before then. So we’ll say I was 9 or 10. J I might have to amend the bio.

    4.   July of 1972 - Moving to Missouri with my family (my parents and my four siblings). We lived in Oklahoma City and it was during a tumultuous time when the court-ordered ‘Finger Plan’ was implemented which forced students to be bused across the city in order to force desegregation, rather than allowing them to go to school in their own districts. (Not that the schools didn’t ‘allow’ other races to attend, it was just that the different parts of the city were more or less broken up into various races sort of organically) There were riots and fights and the area went downhill quickly. We moved to Missouri to a quaint, lovely, idyllic town. When my parents first told us we were moving, we were devastated to leave our friends. But, in no time at all, we were in love with Missouri and thought we’d landed in paradise. Three months later, our house burned down, and we ended up moving back to OKC, and we were even more devastated to go back than we were to leave.
  
    5.   August of 1973 or 1974 – I met a group of friends who became my ‘sisters.’ We shared everything – secrets, good times, bad times, we got into trouble together, cried on one another’s shoulders, and grew into womanhood together. While not all of us are still in contact, I will forever treasure those friendships and memories. Among the group was Paige, who became and still is my best friend. She and I have shared even more as the years have gone by and we are about to grow into geriatric-hood together. J I wouldn’t trade a single moment.

    6.   August 16, 1977 – Elvis’ death. I know it’s difficult to understand, considering I didn’t ‘know’ him but Elvis’ death was a tremendous blow. As I mentioned, he was a huge part of my life. I truly felt as though I’d lost a piece of me. He was so young, so gorgeous, so talented. I’d seen him in concert in 1975, 1976, and 1977, and I was looking forward to the time he’d return in 1978, so I could see him for a fourth time, and the year after that, and the year after that… I couldn’t believe he was really gone. I still get emotional about him. Yes, I know, it’s weird. But it is what it is.  

    7.  January 13, 1984. Marrying my now ex-husband. (It was a Friday. Yes, I got married on Friday the 13th. Those who know my ‘twisted’ side shouldn’t be surprised.) Although the marriage didn’t last and it was far from perfect, it most definitely had a huge impact on my life. My eldest daughter was two months old when we married, but my other two children were born during the marriage, and I wouldn’t have them had I not married Terry. So…not a total bust. J Plus, we parted amicably and are still friendly.

    8.  November 23, 1983, March 26, 1986, December 11, 1992 – The births of my kids.
Since I have three children (Lana, Lacey, Presley), I thought I would combine these ‘moments’ that changed my life. And, boy, did they ever change my life. I can’t fathom my world without them. They were a joy to raise (although there were difficulties, as anyone who has children or knows children can attest to), but overall, I adored raising them and we made some beautiful memories together that I cherish. They were all so beautiful and smart and funny. (I am NOT biased, I assure you….) J And, we are still close, still hang out together, and I value those moments as well. I am exceedingly blessed!

    9.    December 1994 and April 1995. The death of my father, followed four months later by the death of my husband’s grandmother, ‘NanNan.’ My dad was the most caring, most amazing man in the world, and his death devastated me. He always believed in me and encouraged me. He would have been so thrilled to know I made my dream of being an author come true. NanNan raised my ex-husband and was the only mother-in-law I knew. She was a loving, precious soul whose world revolved around my children. Part of our routine was to go visit her every single weekend. When my son was three, he and I went to check on her one morning after having been at her house the evening before, and we found her dead. I still miss them both.

   10. February 2007 – My first book, Nothing to Fear was published by The Wild Rose Press. I can’t begin to explain what that felt like. Something I’d wanted for as long as I could remember was finally realized. I knew at that point, regardless of whether I ever reached fame and success, writing was my passion and I would never stop. (By the way, the Kindle version of Nothing to Fear is only 99 cents, if you want to check it out. I read sections now and cringe at the writing, but I like the story and it will always hold a special place in my heart) https://www.amazon.com/Nothing-Fear-Alicia-Dean-ebook/dp/B00178YG22/ref=sr_1_21?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1467322187&sr=1-21


I’m sorry, I know I went into too much detail on some…maybe all. But, there you have it. The 10 moments that changed my life. Thank you for allowing me to share on your blog today, Diane!


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BIO
Award-winning author, Alicia Dean, began writing stories as a child. At age 11, she wrote her first ever romance (featuring a hero who looked just like Elvis Presley, and who shared the name of Elvis’ character in the movie, Tickle Me), and she still has the tattered, pencil-written copy. Alicia is from Moore, Oklahoma and now lives in Edmond. She has three grown children and a huge network of supportive friends and family. She writes mostly contemporary suspense and paranormal, but has also written in other genres, including a few vintage historicals. She is a freelance editor in addition to being an editor for The Wild Rose Press.

Other than reading and writing, her passions are Elvis Presley, MLB, NFL (she usually works in a mention of one or all three into her stories) and watching (and rewatching) her favorite televisions shows like The Walking Dead, Dexter, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Haven, Vampire Diaries, and The Originals. Some of her favorite authors are Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Lisa Gardner, Sharon Sala, Jordan Dane, Ridley Pearson, Joseph Finder, and Jonathan Kellerman…to name a few.

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22 comments:

  1. Interesting life, Alicia. Enjoyed learning more about you. Happy Birthday!

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    1. Thank you, Linda! It's not exactly material for a blockbuster movie, but what can you do? :)

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  2. Happy Birthday, Dear Editor! Nice to read about your involved and interesting life! Your new release sounds positively yummy! Enjoy your "day."

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    1. Thank you so much, one of my most favorite authors!! Hugs...

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  3. I enjoyed reading the happy and poignant moments that changed your life. The sad ones are game changers, and hopefully, they will make us stronger! Thank you for sharing! Happy Birthday! 🎂🎉🍷💐

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    2. Thank you so much, Susan. It's been a wonderful day already and it's not even noon yet. :) Yes, the sad ones are all a part of life, I am afraid. But actually, I've been fortunate not to lose that many people in my long, long life. :) Knock on wood!!

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  4. Nice to travel those memories along with you today, Ally, and get to know you better. Hope you have a great birthday.

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    1. Thank you, Margo. I enjoyed traveling down memory lane to come up with them. :)

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  5. Great feature! Love the premise of your book, too. Happy birthday!

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  6. Reminiscing like this seems like the perfect thing to do on your birthday. Thanks for sharing a bit of yourself with us. Hope you have a wonderful, wonderful day!

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    1. Yes, I thought it worked out perfectly. You're welcome and thank you!! It's been awesome so far.

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  7. Happy Birthday! So many fireworks this weekend in celebration! What an interesting trip down your memory lane. I think the very first thing I ever knew about you was that you were a card-carrying member of the Elvis fan club. I mean, you do have a son named Presley! But didn't I read that you worked for an attorney? Because if you do that, work as an editor for WRP and also freelance and writer books...Whaaaaat? Take a day off and blow out your candles! You are one amazing woman! Thanks for hosting, Diane.

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    1. Ha, yes, it doesn't take long for people to learn that about me. Indeed, I do. And he's very proud of his name, which I love. I was slightly worried when I chose it. :) Yes, I do work for an attorney and yes, I do all the other stuff. Thanks, but I'm not all that amazing, I'm just always behind, LOL. Thanks again!!

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    2. Not only all that...she is so attentive to our sweet momma who is in a nursing home! Alice lives a ways away from her but still sees to her every need! Plus she's still very involved in her children's lives & any of the rest of us who need her! I have lived 200 miles away for the past 25 years. Yet I don't feel neglected or shoved aside by her. She is A-MA-ZING!! My older sister & 1 of my best friends!! Love you so much Alicia!!!

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  8. Happy birthday! I loved reading about the special things that make you who you are. My husband grew up in Midland, Texas, and had a similar situation you did in OK. He had to be bused to help with the organic desegregation as well and there was an elementary school right across the street from his house. Enjoyed the post and I love your book cover.

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    1. Thank you SO much, Kara. Yeah, that whole mess was kind of crazy. I read an article that said the busing drastically reduced the OKC school district population and many schools had to close. It was not a winning program. I'm so glad you love the cover, I do too!

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  9. All interesting moments...so nice to get to know you better.

    Happy, Happy & Blessed birthday!
    PamT

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  10. I'd never heard about the house burning down. Wow, that must have been so traumatic to a kid, especially since you'd found happiness. I'll bet you were begging your parents to stay and find another home in Missouri. Happy birthday! Hope you're doing something fun this weekend to celebrate!

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  11. Great moments that tell us a lot about you. Thanks for sharing. Happy Birthday!

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  12. Such thoughtful answers to the ten moments that changes your life. I remember my Mother pointing out Elvis to me on our black and white tv. I was 6. Friday the 13th was a pretty good day for me as a college freshman I tried out for cheerleader and got it! Yay'! 😀 I've enjoyed learning more about you! Happy Birthday!

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