Medical school and years of experience in Emergency Medicine after a career in nursing provide a basis for many aspects of my writing. A willingness to participate in activities with some risk-taking like: sailing, climbing Mt. Rainier, obtaining a pilot’s license, flying a sail plane to 20,000 ft, aerobatic lessons -flying inverted, doing loops and rolls, dog sled racing in Alaska and surviving a plane crash in the snowy mountains of Idaho with my husband and dog, all offer interesting experiences for storylines and characters.
My writing activities are broad with a monthly women’s health column, a medical murder mystery series in process, a biothriller nearly completed, co-writing a science-based women’s health book and a recently published true crime about a violent pedophile.
I write almost daily before dawn and watch sunrise over the Rocky Mountains from my home. Deer wandering through the yard and my German Shepherd mix Valkyrie keep me company.
The local writer club provides a positive educational environment with “writers helping writers.” Our personal guru is energizing and we have a number of best selling authors in our small group. He tells us to be successful you must: “Read a lot, write a lot and hang out with other writers.” We have an annual conference each October. It is limited at 100 attendees and is always filled. I was conference coordinator the past two years. For anyone interested, see: www.authorsoftheflathead.org for details or my website: www.bettykuffel.com