Sloan wasn't sure when her dream of becoming an author had been sparked. Yet as a teenager, writing to a very special friend in the service, she'd learned how to feel comfortable with pen and paper in hand. Many years passed, as life in the southwest suburbs of Chicago took center stage. Becoming a wife, raising a family and experiencing the thrill of becoming a grandparent sent her dream into hibernation. Then, while wrapped in the love and support of her family, Sloan awoke her aspiration. She'll be the first to say that she's a lucky woman. Yet she lives by an Irish proverb. (Ni Bhionn an rath ach mar a mbionn an smacht.) There is no luck where there is discipline. One thing she insists is that one should never give up on a dream, and she's living proof of that.