I read. I write fiction, primarily, and have completed third drafts of two novels. I like music, hiking, dancing, painting and traveling. I love long conversations with good friends. I prefer vanilla ice cream to chocolate and sushi to barbecue, and I have been known to make a marguerita with El Patron reposado. I grew up in humid, grey-skied Northeast Ohio, went to Kent State University and received a B.S. in Art Education. I escaped to Colorado one month after graduation and, for many years hiked and backpacked to John Denver singing "Rocky Mountain High." Explored Utah and New Mexico before moving to and backpacking my way through Southern California, where I lived in an intentional community for a couple years and attending graduate school at San Diego State University. I spent a couple months traveling in Mexico and Guatemala, and a summer driving through Alaska with my cat, Malcolm. I met my husband after I moved north to Marin County. We traveled together through the Southwest, and took a fantastic Green Tortoise trip through Costa Rica. That adventure inspired us to explore Panama, which became the first of four trips to that marvelous country of white sand beaches, cloud forests, flowers and quetzales--and about the friendliest people I have met anywhere. We moved outside Durango Colorado, and built our dream house on six acres in the middle of Ponderosa pines. It was paradise but, as we got older, living at 7,500 feet in the snowy winter became more of a chore than fun. We have leased our house and have become RV gypsies. Constantly moving and the stress of adapting to a new life was hard on my writing. The shocking and unexpected death of a close friend made the change even more difficult. I'm back on track now. I try not to think about how far there is to go on this journey to publication--by agent, then publisher, ebook, self-publication--who knows? One step at a time. I couldn't do this otherwise.
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