Welcome to my author page.
My first poem, about kittens, was written at the age of nine. That was followed by essays and stories and more poetry. Learning to read opened the door into imaginary worlds. I loved the escape! It was there I felt happiest until I discovered the wonder and joy of going to school. By the age of seven I knew I wanted to be a teacher and a writer. Finally, decades later, I am both.
My first marriage and early adult life, troubled with many challenges, resulted in the creation of a memoir (30 years later) and the intention to help other women (victims of domestic violence) discover the healing power of revealing family secrets, whether through journaling, story writing, or in combination with other forms of recovery.
The “second act” led me to a gentler and safer way to live. It was here that my self-esteem and inner strength began to grow. I learned to trust myself more as a mother and a woman. I began to laugh. I also began attending community college. I was back in school! I started writing again, beginning with a mystery novel for middle-grade children. However, as life’s challenges continued to evolve and take priority, the manuscript got stored in an envelope deep inside a box for 25 years. After numerous household moves, it was once again rediscovered, then refined and published in late 2019… “In Search of the Mystic Fisherman.” (See BOOKS page.)
Much of my middle-age years were spent in corporate offices and adult classrooms. I pursued my education and moved about the Western United States until I found Colorado. It was then that I eventually found contentment in a teaching/ministerial career. Everything meshed!
For most of the past dozen years or so I have been writing curriculum, creating classes to teach in my church and community. I still do. However, after my father died in 2017, I knew I needed to get back to other kinds of writing as well. While I’ve completed writing, editing, and self-publishing several books, there are many more to do.
I am living my childhood dream – only it’s better than I imagined. Dreams really do come true!