Books opened new worlds to me. When I was a kid, some of my favorite books were Little Women, Nancy Drew, Wuthering Heights, and Jane Eyre. Later I turned to Willa Cather, Sinclair Lewis, Faulkner, and Hemingway. Books opened my mind to a magical world.
Nature and the outdoors charged me with wonder. I rode horses and became a rodeo princess. Riding Cheyenne, my quarter horse, in the wide opens space of Eastern Oregon gave me a vision of limitless imagination. Now I’m an unofficial ambassador to get the young and the old outdoors and connect with nature.
Books and nature influenced my desire to become a writer.
Before I became a writer I thought I needed adventure. To me, adventure meant traveling and meeting people from different parts of the country and the world. My travel experience came as a stewardess for United Airlines. And it was a thrilling time to be part of the Jet Age. I also packed lots of books to read on my travels.
Along the away I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University, Chicago, Masters of Art Degrees from DePaul University, and the University Denver. You can find me at the foot of the Colorado Rocky Mountains hiking, biking, and reading.