Growing up on family ranches in the rural West in the 1950s was the source of inspiration for my debut novel, "Hardpan," indie published in 2015, and for my new children's book series currently underway, "The Clark Valley Chronicles: Timmy the Ranch Hand." Based on enthusiastic reader feedback for "Hardpan," I'm working on a sequel, working title "Jo,"featuring one of the main characters from the novel.
Two short stories, The Drop-off and The Invisible Delivery Man, were published in the 2016 Redwood Writers Anthology, "Untold Stories: From the Deep Part of the Well."
Along with an MA in English from Cal State University--East Bay, I have taken creative writing courses in Memoir and Fiction through UCLA's Extension Program, and participated in the Napa Valley Writers' Conference (NVWC) in 2014, as well as the 30th Annual Summer Fishtrap, a gathering of writers, in the Wallowa Mountains of northeastern Oregon in summer 2017. I was also invited by the NVWC to participate as a First Books Panelist in this year's conference.
Since completing my career in university administration in 2014, I have pursued a writerly career full-time. As a Vice President of Redwood Writers, a large branch of the California Writers Club, I am co-chairing next year's biennial writers conference, Pen to Published, set for April 21, 2018 in Santa Rosa.