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My Family and Childhood

Through my writing journey God, my family and my friends have been my support, especially my husband TJ who is a constant encouragement and reads anything I put in front of him and offers editing, valuable criticism and advice. My mother, grown children and grandchildren all love to write as well as create stunning art. I feel blessed to belong to such a gifted family.

I find peace in creating realistic characters readers can relate to and connect with. I love creating scenes where readers are free to escape and be transformed from the worries and troubles of everyday challenges and where they can find light in an increasingly dark world.

While growing up my parents were conscious about shielding my siblings and me from too much television or any negative influences. They did not want to hamper our spiritual growth or risk our innocence. Instead, we were herded outdoors into nature with God. One time we even traveled in a gutted-out school bus we called home. We also lived in a tent on the flank of the Verde River in Northern Arizona. We lived in a private commune where we worked in gardens for room and board, we hiked endless hours through woods and mountains and streams and rivers. We ate the fish we caught and vegetables we grew ourselves. We were in constant awe of God's mighty and beautiful handywork. My parent's decision to surround us with nature and spirituality fueled our creativity and imagination. Our opportunity to live such a carefree childhood in nature, where at night we listened to the river flow past us, and the echo of owls lulled us to sleep in our tents and memories of horses splashing the banks inspired us to read and write for endless hours and were the catalyst behind my own dream to be a writer.

 

Here in my small community of Cheyenne County folks are genuinely caring and strive to help each other. Sometimes this is checking on each other during snowstorms, moving cattle, plowing fields, providing equipment and manpower during harvest, providing food and resources to families in need and supporting each other in crisis and tragedy. 

 

In 2017 my husband presented to me a MasterClass, in which I was then chosen as one of the three finalists (out of over 5K entries) to co-author a book with New York Times best-selling author James Patterson. The experience was thrilling. You can read about this on my Writing Journey page. 

 

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