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 larger cattle ranch in northwest Wyoming–the setting for my debut novel, Hardpan, published by Westerly Directions Press in 2015, and my upcoming middle-grade children’s book, The Clark Valley Chronicles.
Based on reader feedback for Hardpan, I’m working on a sequel, Jo, featuring one of the main characters from the novel, Jo Glover.
Upcoming publications in 2019 include a personal essay, “Second Chance,” to be issued in April by the Round Table Literary Journal, and a small collection of haiku poems entitled “Nordic Impressions” in the 2019 Redwood Writers Poetry Anthology.
Two short stories, “The Drop-off” and “The Invisible Delivery Man” appeared in the 2016 Redwood Writers Anthology, Untold Stories. My most recent short story, “Meeting at Midnight,” was published in the 2018 Redwood Writers Anthology, Redemption–Stories from the Edge.
A literary travel article, “Sentimental Journey,” based on my Wyoming book tour in Summer 2016 was published online by Medium.
I completed an outstanding course on middle grade fiction sponsored by the Children’s Book Academy (CBA) in Spring 2017. Shortly after, and again in 2018, I participated in the annual Summer Fishtrap, a gathering of writers in the spectacular Wallowa mountains of northeastern Oregon.
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 was honored to be invited by the NVWC to participate as a First Books Panelist at their annual writer’s conference in July 2017.
After ending my 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 currently Vice President of the club, and co-chaired the biennial Pen to Published Writer’s Conference in April 2018. I’m also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI); and have benefited from membership in the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA) and the Left Coast Writers, hosted by Book Passage in Corte Madera.