"Home is Where Your Story Begins." Great stories begin in the heart, and my heart is anchored in family and readers.
Squirrels.I love squirrels.I could watch them for hours. Right, so you’re asking yourself, what does an author’s bio have to do with squirrels?Shouldn’t an author be raving over books, not squirrels?Well, I do. I quest book “treasures,” but nothing tops a squirrel!
Understand, I was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri, among a thriving squirrel population.Hyper, energetic, spastic-- I’m not unlike a squirrel.
And also like squirrels, who forget where they bury their nuts, I am likewise forgetful.Thus I sleep, drive, and live with a pen and paper at hand to write down my racing ideas before they disappear.
I should stop squirreling around, I know, but bios can be such dull, if not stuffy things.Who am I trying to impress, anyway?No, I don’t want to impress you, I want to entertain you.Engage you.Capture you—your mind, anyway, for the length of a book, and then give it back. Changed, I hope.
And no, I don’t write about squirrels.At least not yet.I write fantasy, romance, suspense, and paranormal (ghosts, psychics, time travel) stories for children and YA, though some of my work can certainly bridge into the Adult realm.
The first time my creative, shell-cracking, energy broke open an actual story was in second grade.I wrote about polar bears that had kidnapped Santa’s reindeers.In fifth grade I wrote a poetry anthology that included fish driving cars.I continued to write poems and short stories until college.At SMSU I majored in English and minored in drama.After only a year I was driven on a quest that changed my life entirely and ultimately empowered my writing.
I became a mother of four daughters and one son, and did not actively pursue my writing until my youngest was in school full-time. I have since collaborated with artist Amie Jacobsen and published Quest for Eloshidii through Granite Publishers.
For over seventeen years I have performed as a storyteller for libraries, schools, and festivals across the states.Currently, I am working with an editor at Cricket Magazine on a 3-part short story, The Traveler, and have just completed a two-part YA paranormal romance novel, The Crying Chandelier.
Yes, I do have room in my life for more than just squirrels.The top of my love list is my husband, Ferron, and my children, followed by writing, performing, and reading.I also enjoy music (flute and piano), biking, hiking, chocolate, and camping, but most of all, my greatest interest is you.I love to meet people whether I’m performing, signing, or just conversing.
I hope you love to read fantasy since that is what I write.Whether it is a new world in time or space, or simply a new apartment down an unknown street, I incorporate an element of the fantastic into it.
I ardently hope to meet you through that silent, faceless, exchange of author and reader as you enter the worlds in my stories—and perhaps in person someday at a signing or presentation.
May you find the loves of your life as I have found mine.I wish for you many quests in books, in life, and in the world of your very self—and may you find happiness there.
Springfield, MO USA
"The Writing Realm" is a presentation I have just developed to conceptualize and teach creative writing in a highly creative and imaginative forum. The original fantasy map and song, along with intriguing PowerPoint slides and handouts, makes it an exciting new venture for me. My first two presentations, at the Author Fest of the Rockies and the Fall Into the Arts Festival, were resounding successes!