I think I’ve been reading and writing forever. I typed my first book on a manual Smith Corona when I was in sixth grade. It was called “A Little Bit of Me.” The only copy has been missing for years. Maybe someone's waiting for just the right time to sell it on eBay.
I grew up in the Jenkintown/Abington suburb of Philadelphia, PA where my father had a camera business. I graduated from Elizabethtown College and later earned a master's degree in reading from Arcadia University.
For over twenty years, I taught elementary school. It was during this time that I started imagining the characters in my first picture book, "Lasso Lou and Cowboy McCoy." (And no, they are not based upon former students...)
In 1998, my husband joined the USPHS and we moved to Cape May Court House, NJ. I “retired” from my teaching job to be a full-time writer. In the fall of 2003, we were transferred to Cape Cod, MA. Some of my favorite things about Cape Cod were the Museum of Science in Boston, Plimouth Plantation, the Coast Guard Beach and Ice Cream Sandwich (located on 6A in Sandwich) which has the best ever non-fat coffee health bar frozen yogurt.
Then, in the summer of 2008, we drove across the country from Cape Cod to Prince Rupert, British Columbia. (Check out my cross-country trip blog.) From there, we boarded a ferry to Southeastern Alaska and our new home in Ketchikan, Alaska. We enjoyed the wonderful adventure of living in Alaska for four years. Some travel highlights around the state included: a ferry trip to Skagway, Sitka and Juneau where we saw the Mendenhall Glacier, the start of the Iditarod in Anchorage and a train trip to Denali and then onto Fairbanks.
In Ketchikan, it rains. A lot. But I came to like the rain. I liked working at my computer in my study. The view out the window was of pine trees, mountains and the mist that floats through it all. In the fall, the mountains were snow-capped and the Narrows was visible out the loft window.
Some of my favorite things about Ketchikan were the many hiking trails, amazing wildlife, the mountain peaks, Herring Cove and fresh (it really is unbelievable...) salmon. There was so much to do here with monthly art shows, the Monthly Grind (a town talent show), theater productions, and other special events.
Then soon after my son graduated from Ketchikan High School, we were off again to our new home in Sonoma County, CA. We took the MV Columbia from Ketchikan to Bellingham, WA and then drove south seeing many sights along the way: Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, Crater Lake and the Redwoods. We're renting a home on a dairy (moooooo) farm in Valley Ford. I never thought I'd say it, but cows are adorable. They are as dynamic as a rain forest or an ocean. I never tire of the view over the pastured hillsides that surround our home.
Now that I'm somewhat situated, I've begun writing romance fiction. My blog, "Don't Get It Right, Get It Written" describes the ups and downs of writing. Feel free to comment on your ups and downs! (And I promise to post more...)
Some of my other favorite things (besides reading and writing) are chocolate chip cookies, hiking, biking and playing games with my family. Their antics continue to supply me with writing inspiration. And what's even better - they usually laugh at my jokes.