When a former journalist and public relations executive decides to turn her life experiences into marketable fiction, she plots/vows to create a bestseller. But can she complete her mysterious manuscript before her senior discount cards expire?
I've weathered five siblings, three husbands, three 500-year floods, one typhoon, the Blizzard of the Century, and the Great Ice Storm of 1998. I've raised poodles, pigs, and holy cain. I have an autograph from Buck Owens, a letter from Walter Winchell, a thank-you note from Barry Goldwater, and a photo of me with Michael Landon. I've been to the Far East, Canada, Mexico, and the Smithsonian. I can count to ten in four languages, and I know the difference between a weed and a flower (well, most of the time). Oh, and I'm a Capricorn.
I've been writing since I was old enough to know which end of the pencil made the words appear. When I was 15, I won first place in an essay contest. At 17, I shared second place for news writing in the University of Tucson's Journalism Day contest. Later that year I made my first sale, a poem titled "Equivocations." The magazine folded before the poem was published, but the $5.00 check cleared!
I've chased fires, con men, and tequila with beer. I've worn erasers down, sneakers out, and Navy blue. I've devoured $500-per-plate roast beef, surplus C-rations, and prison "cuisine." I've crossed the International Date Line, the Sonoran Desert, and at least one or two people. I've planted trees, ideas, and my feet in a stubborn stance. I've played politics, Monopoly, and mp3s. I've held confidences, heard confessions, hidden tears, and hugged strangers.
My nonfiction work has appeared in a number of publications, including Phoenix Magazine, American Girl, Scouting Magazine, The Pet Dealer, The Arizona Horseman, and Outdoor Arizona.
My interest in genealogy resulted in publication in Lifelines, the Journal of the Northern New York American-Canadian Genealogical Society.
My poem "Baby" was published in Adirondack Journal.
National Federation of Press Women
Arizona Press Women
Arizona Press Club
Valley of the Sun Newspapers