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  • Back at It!

    After a five-month hiatus, I’m finally able to get back to writing. I had back surgery on November 28, 2018, and wasn’t able to get back home until March 15, 2019, due to complications. At one point, my husband called family and friends to let them know the doctors feared I might not survive, and …[ read more ]

  • A Personal Note for November 11

    What does November 11 mean to you? Here in America, we celebrate November 11 as Veterans Day—a day to commemorate all American veterans. Here’s a picture of my dad and mom (when she was his fiancée) before he shipped out to join the fight during WWII. She didn’t know if he’d come back. Fortunately for us, …[ read more ]

  • Yosemite Discovered Is Finished (Not) – Why I Love Writing Historical Fiction

      I love writing historical fiction. I just completed the first draft of my next novel, tentatively titled, Yosemite Discovered. It’s been a labor of love spanning two years of research. Now comes the hard part—executing a deep edit my manuscript and securing an agent to find a publisher. Since Yosemite Discovered will be my fifth …[ read more ]

  • Fires Near Yosemite, July 2018

          It’s Sunday afternoon, and I’m sitting down to write the next chapter for Yosemite Discovered. I need to research the name of an 1850’s  hotel in Mariposa CA. I search for Mariposa on the Web and discover the first pic above of the Ferguson fire. Shocked, I feel like I’ve been punched in the stomach. …[ read more ]

  • Chase Your Dreams

      A few weeks ago I had the privilege of talking with middle school students about how to chase their dreams. This week I received some wonderful notes from them. One student shared, “I really enjoyed your presentation and was inspired by your stories. I loved how you talked about our dreams and how we …[ read more ]