I like my life
As a child I had a runaway imagination. So maybe it was just my imagination that led to my memories of great adventures and thrilling mysteries?
My life was filled with bigger than life figures which included my dad, who made a difference in the community I was raised in. These people didn’t sit back and wait for life to find them, they jumped in, sometimes literally. My dad was a NYC Auxiliary Police Officer (eventually Auxiliary Captain at our local precinct) and he was always out there helping folks. During the NYC blackout in 1965 when my mom had my sister and me knocking on all of the neighbors’ doors and handing out shabbos candles for light, my dad and his unit were walking train tracks and rescuing stranded passengers. It wasn’t a scary night for me, it was exciting!
I went to the HS of Art & Design in Manhattan and traveled by subway every day from the Bronx. I enjoyed the train ride and the opportunity to observe the people around me.
Each day I would come home and tell my mom, a former social worker, about the people on the train and she always listened patiently as I filled in their life stories from my imagination. (I wonder now if she ever viewed me as a case study, lol.) I was a theatre arts student studying the ways we could bring a stage production to life and reality. For a while I dated an extraordinary young man who wrote plays and had them produced off-off-Broadway; it was so exciting to see the action backstage and watch the actors transform. And the opening night parties were lots of fun, too.
By the time I was in college, I was involved in the Auxiliary Police myself and felt both humbled and exhilarated each time I donned a uniform wondering what adventures waited each tour (twice a week). My eyes were being opened to so much of life and I absorbed it all. My involvement with emergency services didn’t end there; in my current life in my present community I volunteer with my local ambulance corps as an EMT. I still see life from its best to worst and back again. And even now, a grown woman in my fifties, I still experience exhilaration when I hear the siren and I work to save the life of a patient, give comfort to the injured, or deliver a baby in the rig. I guess I still am a bit of an adrenaline junkie.
I really do like my life and I like the adventures I’ve had. This is the enthusiasm I try to write into each of my novels and the characters I create. Most of all, I love the fact that I am a writer and I have this convenient built-in excuse for letting my imagination still run wild.
Final Sin by Chelle Cordero-Deputy Sheriff Commander Jake Carson has his hands full with the investigation of a brutal multiple homicide, a troubled son and a vindictive ex-wife when he meets young, free-spirited paramedic Julie Jennings. He is immediately drawn to her and finds himself unexpectedly falling in love. Julie finds herself just as drawn to him. When Julie becomes the subject of an obsession, it puts both of their lives in extreme danger…
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