Why do I write from the Heart of History?

Be it Manifest Destiny or the conquered foe, history croons a haunting ballad, drawing us to the wonderment of past lives and lands. This is why I weave the proud and sordid truth through the fiery characters of my mind to take you, the reader, on an unforgettable journey — a journey through tragedy, secrets, regret, and undeniable grace. I get excited when I discover some pocket of American history left out of the schoolbooks. That’s where you’ll find me these day – digging in and turning one of those pockets inside out.
After twenty-five years at the front of a high school classroom, I began a second career teaching music part time and writing freelance. I saw a good deal of success, selling more than 200 articles in two years and writing children’s curriculum. I even wrote several picture books, one of which earned a pre-published award. Then God stretched my mind and heart. He had more for me.   
Why not write what I love to read?
I dared to step out and begin writing Historical Fiction. If I could no longer guide minds and hearts into discovery from a teacher’s podium, I would do it from the pages of a book.


My first published book (a Bethany House anthology) debuted in 2016. I’ve completed four novel manuscripts and keep busy in the interim teaching music and leading worship at my church. I also speak to women’s groups and teach writing workshops for area libraries and writers’ organizations.
Big families, country life, fireplaces, snow, and the Amplified Bible all hold a special place in my heart. When life slows a bit, you’ll find me with my saxophone, fiddle, or at the piano. And if I’ve just finished a manuscript, I treat myself to making a quilt!