I’m a reader and writer of fantasy adventure novels. My first work, Askari, Child of Muralia Book I, won a bronze medal at the international Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. Winning this competition was a huge boost of confidence for me! I’m moving forward with the sequel Yezman while simultaneously looking for a bigger publishing house to move my trilogy to in order to make it more accessible to readers.
I have a wonderful, supportive husband who has allowed me to spend my free time writing rather than joining him in couple’s activities, and for that I am eternally grateful. We are the proud parents of four sons, ages 20, 19, 9 and 7. They keep us hopping! It was my oldest who inspired me to actually sit down and write an adventure story. Thanks Dale! What began as therapy has turned into a lifestyle. It was important to me to find a compromise between enough action to keep the boys interested in the story and the things that interested me: magic and creating a fantastic world with my own rules. It’s been a wonderful journey filling this world with interesting people and exciting places to visit, not to mention populating it with the dangers requisite to the hero’s journey!
I spent my senior year of high school in Germany as an exchange student. I was given the marvelous opportunity to travel around much of Western Europe for most of a year in addition to learning two new languages (German and French). When I returned home, I enlisted in the US Marine Corps and spent most of my time on a beach. My duty stations included Parris Island, SC, Little Creek, VA and El Toro, CA. I got the best the USMC had to offer at the time. I’ve spent time working on the crab processors in Dutch Harbor, AK and spent nearly a decade working as a disability benefits analyst in Portland, OR. That led to a career working with mental health clients as a job developer. Very rewarding careers, all of them! Three years ago, I married my high school sweetheart and moved back to my hometown. I’ve been fortunate to find some part-time work as a substitute teacher in my spare time when I’m not performing the most challenging career of my life: mother, wife, writer, promoter, teacher, chef, chauffeur, maid…you know – Domestic Goddess.