Sometimes I read articles about Jerry Lee Lewis and the question pops up: “Whatever happened to his child bride?”
I’m right here.
And I love to write! I’ve been told I’m a good ol’ Southern storyteller. I loved reflecting on the chapters of my life and writing my memoir, The Spark that Survived. For a free copy of the first chapter, “subscribe” (above) to my site and it’ll be emailed to you right away. I hope you enjoy it. For a bit more about my life story, read on here….
I’ve lived in the Atlanta, Georgia, area for over thirty years, and have been in the real estate business and married to real estate broker Richard Williams for almost as long. My parents and brother moved to this area long ago, so I’m surrounded by family. My daughter Phoebe, the light of my life, is happily married and living in Virginia.
Because we have our child, Phoebe, Jerry and I remained in contact for many years. Phoebe worked for him and when I visited her I would still see him, too. However, since his marriage a few years ago to my ex-sister-in-law, who wasn’t an ex yet when they got together (yes, you read that correctly), Phoebe quit working for him and I haven’t seen him since. He’s no longer part of my life, and I find that living is nice and calm this way.
I garden, adore my dogs, have close friends, and have written or contributed to four books: The one that was supposed to be the story of my life but got morphed by editors into a story of Jerry, Great Balls of Fire; my daddy’s book written with my brother Rusty and edited by me, Whole Lotta Shakin’; a collection of women’s stories that I wrote a chapter for about my early married life, Atlanta’s Real Women; and another collection in which I wrote about my parents’ loving seventy-plus-year marriage, What We Talk About When We’re Over 60.
Now I’ve written my memoir, The Spark that Survived, the story of my whole life, not just my first marriage. It’s a story of overcoming the decisions of our youth. It’s a story of prevailing no matter what. I hope it inspires anyone who has obstacles to overcome. I hope it motivates others to keep going.
I’ve certainly kept going and built a whole new life for myself after that first tumultuous marriage. At the time of my divorce, Jerry had told me that I was “nothing” for so long I figured that meant I could make anything of myself that I wanted to be. And that’s what I’ve done. I want to inspire others to do the same.
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