I am the award-winning, international bestselling author of 14 books, including my bestseller WEEDMONKEY.

Back in 2013, I wrote the book as a deathbed promise to my mother Victoria. I spent four years writing it after losing her in 2006. After all my hard work, the book just sat on Amazon, collecting dust. I was heartbroken.

I had been working as a pet sitter for eight years and although the pets and their people were wonderful, I felt as though my life was going in one direction and my dreams were going in the other. I made the decision to quit my job on January 1, 2014. The next morning I woke up in a panic and cried, “What have I done?”

However, having more free time to focus my energy on what I really wanted to do, within three months, WEEDMONKEY went to #1 on Amazon and became a bestseller and has been ranked in the Top 100 Kindle/Books in Amazon Memoirs and Women’s Bios for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. I am extremely grateful.

All my books are available on Amazon.com and many other online retailers. WEEDMONKEY is also available at Turn the Page Bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland owned by famed romance novelist Nora Roberts, and Four Seasons Books in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

WM with photos Book 3 Weedmonkey_Cover_for_Kindle


Growing up during the Depression and forced to live in coal mining camps throughout Appalachia, Virgie Hopkins is subjected to child molestation, the KKK, murder, homelessness, starvation, and ridicule for being the daughter of the town whore.

Virgie grows up hating her mother who was taken away when she was nine years old and while she was gone, she and her brother were put into foster care, starved, and abused.

When her mother returned, she did not know her husband or her children and Virgie could not understand why she had changed.

At 16, Virgie made the decision to leave Kentucky, and the only life she had ever known after discovering her prostitute mother was having an affair with the young boy Virgie loved and planned to marry.

Filled with hatred, resentment, and shame for the woman she called Mom, it was not until her mother’s funeral, did she learn the horrible truth, the reason for her change, and the reason why she became the town whore, a weedmonkey.

A haunting true story…