I was born in Ohio, worked my way to a Bachelor of Science from Kent State University and studied art and psychology at San Diego State University. For years I hiked and backpacked all over Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and California, and finally settled in Tucson, Arizona.
As a child abuse survivor who was once depressed and suicidal, with the aid of friends, therapy, risk and challenge, I now live life to the fullest!
I hope my stories encourage readers of their own amazing potential regardless of what may have occurred in the past.
Dad thought I’d never leave Ohio for Colorado . . . alone. Then move to California? Backpack through Central America? Four-wheel drive with only my cat throughout Alaska?
You can do anything you put your mind to.
I write about people who struggle to find their place in the world and learn to thrive!
Normal is dull.
What do I read?
A lot. My favorite is historical fiction about people struggling in a world created with lots of excellent research because I want to know what it was like to live in the past, and I am never finished learning.
Barbara Kingsolver’s latest, Demon Copperhead, was breathtaking!
Just a few of my favorite authors are Barbara Kingsolver, Mary Doria Russell, Robert Olmstead, and Molly Gloss.
My tuxedo cat buddy, Dickens, is my helper and muse.
I followed my heart and went for experiences every chance I got and created chances when they didn’t appear.
I am a member of:
- Critique Circle
- She Writes
- Southern Arizona Arts Guild
- Women Fiction Writer’s Association
- Women Writing the West
- Authors Guild
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