When I was twelve years old I wrote in my diary that I would be a “writter” when I grew up. (I’m living proof that anyone can learn to spell.) A native Michigander, I grew up in a small town in forest and lake country. Wanderlust hit early. I couldn’t wait to grow up and have exciting adventures like the characters in my favorite books.
My college sweetheart and I married, and had some fun adventures of our own. But a happy ending was not written for us; he died of cancer and I was widowed at age twenty-eight. Hopes for a future with my loved one were dashed, so I took a long journey to seek insight into what to do with my unexpected, new life. Inspiration struck as I climbed the Great Pyramid in Egypt on a dazzling moonlit night. At that moment, I decided I was going to provide seminars to help people in transition, people like me.
I spent two decades as a road warrior, traveling the world doing seminars on life balance, civility, and community building. I’ve worked in thirteen countries and visited many others. More than 100,000 people from all walks of life have attended my 1,500 programs. Clients included the Knights of England, LucasFilm, Scottish Heritable Trust, Astley and Pearce of Singapore, the U.S. Departments of State and Defense, every branch of the U.S. military, a number of airlines, hotels, banks, education systems, and many more.
I feel fortunate to have come to know so many people from around the globe. I’ve learned much more from them than they could possibly have learned from me. I take their down-to-earth lessons and combine them with my most up-to-date inspirations to craft stories that are compelling, provocative, and just plain fun.
The Ending Continues…
Eventually, I remarried and moved to Georgia with my current husband, Joe. After more than a million miles in the air, it was time to finally settle down. I obtained a Doctorate degree and began a career as a college professor. I’ve since retired from the field of education in order to focus on my storytelling. We’ve recently moved to Ozark Mountain country in Arkansas, a great place for telling tall tales.
Today, I enjoy writing romantic suspense and historical fiction. I’m also fascinated with personal narratives and ancestry quests, and have a website with tips for people writing their memoirs at memoirmagic.net. I have a dozen published fiction and non-fiction books, and many more yet-to-be-told tales still in my head. Five of my works—three novels, a screenplay, and a non-fiction book—have won awards, which makes my inner child very happy. I’ve received honors from Indie Book of the Day, the National Writers Association, Writers Digest, the American Screenwriters Association, and eLitAwards.
Not bad for a kid who couldn’t spell.