I was born in a tiny town in western Oregon and lived there until after my high school graduation. (I guess that’s where I get my love of small town settings!) I discovered writing in the 4th grade, thanks in large part to my teacher Mrs. Straight. My school published one of my short stories, and I realized other people might like to read what I wrote. I saved up and bought my own typewriter, and soon I was tapping out books over summer break. I wrote several “practice” novels and I continued writing though the next ten years.
My fourth grade teacher also got me hooked on art. We read The Trumpet of The Swan and did an art project representing the story. For some reason, I decided to make my swan picture 3D, and Mrs. Straight had it displayed in the library. A few years later, I started watching Bob Ross on TV and ordered his painting set. These days, I’m into drawing and jagua temporary tattoos. It’s a natural blue ink that stains the skin and lasts for about 2 weeks. I’m also creating an adult coloring book for release this month (Jan 2016) featuring flowers and people with some henna influence. I’m super excited to share it! There’s more info under Artwork.
As an novelist, my mission is to continually improve as a storyteller and write exciting stories that offer something new with each project. I want to entertain while touching readers’ hearts with strong, memorable characters that have flaws like me and you.
Another part of my mission is to help other writers by inspiring, motivating, and educating them by sharing what I’ve learned along the way.
My favorite activities are spending time with my kids and family, writing, reading, drawing, painting, and anything outdoors: camping, hiking, fishing, berry picking, mushroom picking, cycling, canoeing and exploring.