After dreaming of being a writer for most of my life, I was thrilled when I got "the call" from Avalon Books. They actually wanted to publish Put Out the Light! But I’m getting ahead of myself. Those youthful dreams took a while to come true.
I was born in St. Louis, Missouri, grew up in that city and the surrounding area, and eventually attended Washington University. I met Pete, the love of my life, when I cut an algebra class to go ice skating (sometimes it’s good to break a rule). Not too long after that, we were married. Job transfers took us down the Mississippi, first to Memphis, then to Baton Rouge. We moved "up north" to Doylestown, Pennsylvania when Pete was transferred to his company's home office. When our two sons were both in school, I went back to work as a legal secretary. In addition to my day job and responsibilities as a parent (now a grandparent), I’ve been a volunteer in the various communities where we’ve lived, usually doing something with either books or small children – sometimes a happy combination of the two.
So ... how did I finally become a writer?
I’ve always been a lover of stories, but didn't actually begin writing until my boys were grown. I joined a writers' group at the Doylestown Library and met others who shared my dreams (and fears). Fellowship with these kindred spirits made me realize that maybe, just maybe, I could actually BE a writer. They gave me the courage to follow my dream - and I've never looked back.