I'm a late bloomer. Always a reader, I didn't start writing fiction until later in life.
On the other hand, with a minor in English Literature, I did plenty of writing in college, and my favorite classes even in high school were writing classes. So here I am, with over thirty publications of flash fiction, a couple of awards, some poetry, a few essays and a novel waiting for a publisher.
Born in northern Iowa, I received a Bachelor's in psychology from Iowa State University and a Master's of Science in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I've called Wisconsin home for forty years and worked in health care for thirty of those. I currently live in the north woods with my husband, three dogs, two cats and a life full of the pleasures of loons calling in the night, sun on water, pickle ball and yoga. Our son lives nearby and we often dog-sit Bella, the Great Dane, and Zander, the oddball who's afraid of rain.
Writers who influence and inspire me include Thomas Hardy, e.e. cummings, Alice Walker, Barbara Kingsolver and J.K. Rowling. These days, I read more nonfiction than ever before in an attempt to understand the world and its citizens.
I've been a member of Writers and Critters, a juried international women's writing group, for several years and have found that the critique process is at least as helpful in the creative process as the writing is.
Two teachers have profoundly influenced the development of my skills: Robert Curry and Dr. Laurel Yourke. To them, to my husband Rick and to my writing buddies, I owe much.