I grew up on my grandparents' ranch in eastern Oregon, serious cattle country and home to Basque sheepherders, until spring 1954 when my parents moved our young family to an even bigger cattle ranch in northwest Wyoming--the setting for my debut novel, Hardpan, published by Westerly Directions Press in 2015, and my upcoming children's book, The Clark Valley Chronicles: Timmy the Ranch Hand.
Based on reader feedback for Hardpan, I've started work on a sequel, working title Jo, featuring one of the main characters from the novel, Jo Glover.
Along with an MA in English from Cal State-East Bay, I have taken creative writing courses through UCLA's Extension Program, and participated in the Napa Valley Writers' Conference (NVWC) to learn more about the craft of writing. I'm honored to be invited by the NVWC to participate as a First Books Panelist in this year's conference in late July.
This spring, I completed an outstanding course on middle grade fiction sponsored by the Children's Book Academy (CBA). In mid-July, I will participate in the 30th Annual Summer Fishtrap, a gathering of writers in the spectacular Wallowa mountains of northeastern Oregon.
After completing my first career in university administration in 2014, I moved from San Francisco to Sonoma County with my husband Bob and soon joined the Redwood Writers, a large and active branch of the California Writers Club based in Santa Rosa. I'm also a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI); the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA) and the Left Coast Writers, hosted by Book Passage in Corte Madera.
Two short stories, "The Drop-off" and "The Invisible Delivery Man,"were published in the 2016 Redwood Writers Anthology. An article, "Sentimental Journey," based on my Wyoming book tour in Summer 2016 was published by Medium last Fall.