I was born and raised in the piney woods of Southeast Texas in what is now called the Big Thicket. The tom-boy granddaughter of a Baptist preacher, I grew up in a world of gospel music, Sunday dinners at grandma’s house, and more cousins than I could shake a stick at. And of course, there were lots of animals. Horses, cows, chicks, rabbits, cats, dogs, and one armadillo all managed to grab a piece of my heart.
I came of age during the era of the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, Jim Crow, the Beatles, and the moon landings. It was a volatile, yet exciting time in our history. Decades spent trying to understand the complexities and the impact of these influences permeate my storytelling. Although a transplanted Southerner, I cannot resist the pull of the generations of my Southern roots. That is why I write stories about characters steeped in the lyrical traditions and mystical surroundings of the Deep South that I love so much.
I have a degree in biology and English with a secondary teaching certification. I lived in Georgia while pursuing my post graduate work in chemistry. After working in the scientific field for twenty years, I moved with my husband and two children to the beautiful mountains of Montana. It was here that I began writing fiction and nonfiction. My award-winning nonfiction and poetry have been published in newspapers and magazines in Montana and nationally. My first novel, Breaking TWIG, is now available at Amazon. When not working on my next novel or article, I enjoy doing pet therapy work with my BFF golden retriever, Jasmine, and volunteering in animal rescue.