I began my career writing short stories and nonfiction articles and I've won awards in fiction and nonfiction. I enjoy taking time out from writing to provide presentations at schools and libraries, teach workshops, and mentor aspiring authors. Inspired by my thirty years experience as a library media specialist, I also review books for an international audience at ALL ABOUT THE BOOKS WITH JANET SQUIRES.
I teach seminars on writing, editing, and the business of books. I consult for KP Publishing on manuscript acquisitions and mentor their authors on marketing and promotion.
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 and bottle-fed orphaned puppies. I support a variety of rescue organizations.