In 1996, my life took a curious and horrible turn. I developed a debilitating illness, lost two pregnancies, and my finances and marriage crumbled.
It was the best thing that ever happened to me.
Forced out of seeing my identity as what I "did," I had to find self-worth and happiness from a deep place inside. I had always said I would write a book...now it was time.
I wrote When a Grandchild Dies: What to Do, What to Say, How to Cope, to fill a gap that existed at the time in bereavement materials. The act of creating a book changed me, and I knew that I had found my path.
At the same time, I met author Georgie Holbrook, who hired me to edit her book, Joy-Full Holistic Remedies. Together, we stumbled through the process of editing and self-publishing, and I worked closely with her for several years, polishing her promotional materials and articles.
These days I write fiction, and I published my debut novel, The Foreign Language of Friends, in 2011. FLOF was named a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and was a gold medal winner in the eLit Book Awards. I'm working on several other novels, and hope to have the next one ready for release in 2014.
I am also proud to have edited Patchwork & Ornament: A Woman's Journey of Life, Love, and Art by Jeanette Feldman, my late mother-in-law. Patchwork was a finalist in the 2009 Writers' League of Texas manuscript contest, and was named Best Memoir in the 2010 Indie Excellence Book Awards. Patchwork was a labor of love created after Jenny's death in 2008. Thankfully, her husband was still alive to see the accolades.
I remarried, and my husband and I now live on the Olympic Peninsula, where I garden, practice yoga, and hike. I volunteer at the local public theatre office, where I'm gathering plenty of material for future novels! I'm a stepmom to boy-girl twins, who are now young adults finding their way in the world. Life is good!
Birth Place: Peoria, WA USA
Accomplishments: Finalist, Memoir Category, Writers' League of Texas 2009 Manuscript Contest
Best Memoir, 2010 Indie Excellence Awards
Finalist, 2012 Next Generation Indie Awards, Women's Fiction
Gold Medal Winner, 2011 eLit Book Awards, Women's Issues