An old woman falls and it launches her daughter into a life-changing series of shocking discoveries and events. When Sharon Cooper inventories her estranged mother’s house, she is not prepared for what she finds; decades-long secrets that reveal unbelievable family history, unknown relatives, connections to the mob, greed, blackmail, and murder.
About The Unwanted Series
The Unwanted Series is a series of family-friendly, engaging stories with imperfect people dealing with events and characters that are “unwanted” at best. Four are available in paperback and eBook, and the fifth, Unwanted Sister, will soon be published. We purposely crafted our stories with no foul language, graphic sex/violence or the occult so that everyone will feel comfortable reading about Sharon and Callie, our heroines.
Interestingly, Sharon and Callie are loosely based (I emphasize “loosely”) on us, the authors (you can view that in a good way, or not). Between us, we are able to provide the experience and outlook of the mature generation, and also capture the energy and perspective of our younger characters.
I am a native of Portland, Oregon, and Tamarine is the youngest of my five children.
My first experience with creative writing was in high school with my best friend. It was fun to write a story and a play. We never did anything with them, but the seed was planted.
My next writing experience wasn’t until much later. In 2005, my mother passed away. I started a journal to record all of the experiences I could remember – not only about her past, but also from my own childhood – so I could pass on the family history. The author in me was reawakened.
Tamarine and I began writing in earnest in 2010. She had asked me for help with an idea for an assignment in a creative writing class. As I helped her with that short story, my hidden desire to write emerged again. I was unemployed at the time, so after she turned in the assignment, I felt compelled to devote my spare time to our story. We worked together, further developing the story, and we fell in love with our characters. It wasn’t long before the first novel in The Unwanted Series blossomed and that short story grew into Unwanted Discovery. As you become acquainted with Sharon and Callie (our heroines), you will see how they apply the wholesome values that you will come to appreciate and love. As in real life, negative people and unexpected events happen. But they, and we, always rely on each other on how to handle them.
I moved to a smaller home in 2015 and came across those original writings from high school. I cringed and shook my head when I recalled how proud I was of those juvenile efforts. I’m thankful that I had put them away; it gave me the opportunity to acquire the life experiences that I now draw upon to create the variety of characters that you will learn to love and hate. We hope you learn to love them (and hate them) too.
Writing together with my daughter, Tamarine, has been a fulfilling journey. We’ve had many laughs, some cries, and we’ve had to resolve disagreements about how our stories grow. She has “killed some of my babies” (ideas that I thought were brilliant) and I’ve done the same to her. Through it all, our stories are better with input from both of us. After all, everyone knows that two heads are better than one. Working together has brought us ever closer. What a blessing!
When my husband died in 2015, we knew we had to put the experience to paper. Thus, we poured our hearts into a similar event in Unwanted Sister. Each time we worked on that chapter, we couldn’t hold back the tears. But that was a good thing. Although it was difficult at the time, it helped us to release the emotions we needed to work through; and I know we’re coping better now because of the experience. So, being co-authors has helped us in real life in more ways than we can relate, and I thank you, Tammy, for that support.
I’m a single mother of a teenage son. Since my Mom read to me from infancy, reading became my favorite hobby. I dabbled in poetry a bit in high school and then later when I went back to continue my education. I started writing short stories at Portland Community College. This is when I asked my mom for help with a story. That first story was about an older woman with Alzheimer’s and became the stepping stone on the newly opened path to our family saga.
After I graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in writing, I realized that my degree was not going to further my career. I’m a caregiver, and that is not likely to change; it’s a rewarding vocation and it’s in my nature to help people. But, those classes put a lot of tools in my writing toolbox.
Professors and fellow students alike enjoyed my writing and encouraged me to never give up. When I wrote and submitted short stories about my own life experiences, I was surprised to see fellow students shed tears when reading them. Mom always said I had extraordinary empathy and that is the foundation for my expressions.
After we lost my dad in 2015, I realized how much of a blessing it is to be able to write these books with my mom. I’m closer with her than most people have the honor of experiencing, and she’s also my best friend. It’s been exciting to see how many of our fans look forward to the next book and actually ask when to expect them. But that takes second place to the fact that I’m already getting a reward that is worth more than any payment I could ever receive, working with mom.
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