About Me

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My fiction and poetry reflect my fascination with the way people justify the choices they make and my conviction that the choices we make today aren’t fundamentally different from those people were making hundreds, even thousands, of years ago.

I’ve been publishing fiction and poetry since 1975. (I’m not old–I just started young!) Growing up in foothills of the Olympic Mountains in the log cabin my grandfather built and my father was born in led naturally to an interest in history and historical fiction. When I retired to the mountains of northern New Mexico, writing historical fiction set there was a logical result. The Moreno Valley Sketches books are the first in many planned books set in the scenic and history-loaded area where I live. The Pain and The Sorrow, a novel about 1860’s serial killer Charles Kennedy and his teenage wife is due out from Sunstone Press later this year.

Before turning to historical fiction full time, I wrote Crown of Laurel, a novel set in Seattle in the recession of the early 1980’s. I hold a B.S. in Bible Education from Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon. This background informs my poetry collections Mary at the Cross: Voices from the New Testament and And Then Moses Was There: Voices from the Old Testament.

In the mid-1980’s, my husband and I suffered the loss of our first child in the fifth month of pregnancy. My poetry collection But Still My Child came out of that period and is designed to help others deal with the pain of miscarriage.

I hold M.A.’s in Communication and in English Literature from the University of New Mexico. Most days, you’ll find me researching New Mexico history in the 1800’s and writing furiously. I post short historical fiction on this site every week. I hope you’ll sign up for those posts and for announcements about other projects.

P.S. All material on this site is covered by copyright law. If you are interested in reproducing or using my stories in some other way, please do not hesitate to contact me for permission.

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2 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I think I figured out how to sign up:). Ok so now that you are gonna write stories that have an ending… Can I request historical fiction??? I love a good fiction (usually mystery) with a lot of history mixed in!!!! Oh, and a love interest wouldn’t hurt 🙂

    1. Wow, you just want everything don’t you? 🙂 Actually, I’m working on some historical fiction set in the Eagle Nest, NM area. But to fully appreciate it, you’ll need to come visit. 🙂

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