Hi! I'm Lela

I've been sober all day long, and since June 30, 1999... only by the grace of Dude and other alcoholics.

I write about the life-changing experiences of my years, both before and after sobriety. I'm just a regular alcoholic, but my story has helped a lot of people.

For me, it's been all about gratitude. I still struggle, as we all do, but I'm willing to learn why and change my ways.

    After my on-and-off career as an advertising writer and twelve years as a certified picture framer, I retired and began writing for publication. My tidbits landed in AA’s Grapevine Magazine and several online journals, then a story about my dog was featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul.

    I thought... hmmm.

   Then a writer-friend challenged me to write and publish a full book, with just one rule: “Write what you know.” So I spent the next two years writing my life story, which became seven top-selling books.

    I am beyond surprised by how many readers love the series. Gratitude to the max on that one, and thanks to you personally.

     I live in East Tennessee with a panoramic view of the Great Smoky Mountains, and my "museum of the weird" is still front and center on my desk.

     If I’m not writing, you’ll find me stabbing fabric with an embroidery needle, tinkering with DIY decor, or playing tug-of-war with my distinguished editor, Stormin’ Norman the Schnauzer.