I am a teacher, a mother, a writer and a reader, who learned the joy of fiction as a small child watching her mother let the potatoes burn because she was absorbed in a book. I have been telling and writing stories as long as I can remember, and trying to give back to the book world what it has given me, though that isn't really possible.
My major influences have been the countless authors who have kept me company through the years, especially Emily Bronte, Jane Austen, and Henry James. I started writing seriously in 1998 after reading LaVyrle Spencer's preface to her final book Then Came Heaven, where she urged her readers to never give up. I credit that with my transformation from manic scribbler to dedicated writer. After a hiatus to finish my schooling, I returned to the idea of having my work published - the result is Strings Attached, the novel I wrote way back in 2001.
Along with books, my other major influence is my environment. I write as the landscape of the places I love move me, and my work is intimately connected to the weather, land and sea of my childhood, even if they take place far away. This is what happens when the daughter of a farmer and forester takes up the pen.
Finally, I would be no where without the teachers that I have had in my life, who always corrected and encouraged. I owe them a lot.