I began my career writing short stories and nonfiction articles and I've won awards in fiction and nonfiction. I provide presentations on writing, teach workshops, and work part time as a library media specialist.  I'm a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Women Writing the West (WWW), Western Writers of America (WWA) and Western Fictioneers.


My interest in the historic West stems from the stories I heard growing up. My family pioneered their way through Texas, New Mexico and Arizona as ranchers, miners and lawmen.  My favorite activity is any one that involves horses . . . 


Or dogs . . . I can't remember a time when I didn't share my life with at least one. My interest in animal rescue and welfare issues made writing Monty's story an opportunity I couldn't resist.  I've fostered numerous dogs in addition to the rescues that are part of my family.  I've worked to raise awareness about puppy mills, bailed dogs out of shelters, bottle-fed orphaned puppies, cared for the sick and injured, assisted at births, and shed tears over abandoned or abused dogs that didn't survive in spite of heroic efforts by veterinarians.  I support a variety of rescue organizations.

About my writing and my life

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