I love to read. I realized I had a problem back in first grade when my teacher couldn’t find any Dick and Jane books I hadn’t already read. I switched to biographies and Nancy Drew while in elementary school. My mother gave me a copy of Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell, which left a lasting impression of what good writing can be.
In high school I kept a notebook for a variety of writing projects and in early adulthood, started to journal. I also carried on heavy correspondence with dozens of pen pals and remember many times they encouraged me by making positive comments about my writing abilities and interesting letters. If you are a former pen pal of mine, please do not hesitate to leave a comment here or on my Facebook fan page.
I attended Shasta Community College in Redding, California, graduating with an AA degree in Early Childhood Education in 1977. I also attended College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California, graduating with an AS degree in Legal Assisting in 1991.
For over twenty years while having and raising children I made multiple unsuccessful attempts at writing novels. During this time I wrote quite a few short stories, poems, songs, memoirs, diatribes, legal documents, opinion editorials, and articles. One short story was published in a children’s magazine. Multiple articles were published in newspapers. Later I started and wrote for Happy Camp News.
My children and I enjoyed middle grade and young adult novels which I read out loud to them while we were homeschooling. I now often write in these genres. I also read and love historical fiction, mysteries, mainstream, literary, and classic novels. I read lots of non-fiction too, especially autobiographies and memoirs. I have a fan page for Reading and Writing Memoirs at Facebook… please stop by and “like” the page!
My newest online projects are…
1. The Book Lady YouTube channel. I’m determined to learn to make good videos. (2014)
2. Bennachti – pronounced ben-nock’-tee – the place where a lot of my older articles are being posted, and I’m writing new articles for that site. (2015)
My current goal is to revise my novels and publish them myself under my own imprint, Lifesong Press. I continue to write short stories, novels, memoirs, and non-fiction, and to study every aspect of the writing craft.
My most important writing project right now is the editing of the Antediluvian Adventures series… four young adult adventure novels set in an ancient civilization. (2016)
I live in an apartment in Northern Idaho, where my main activities (besides work) are visiting with other apartment dwellers, celebrating life with the Holy Spirit at a nearby nondenominational church, cycling, making YouTube videos, and taking long walks.