To be honest, I’m not sure why anyone would be interested in me. After all, it’s my stories that brought you here, not my dazzling personality. But just in case you really are interested, here are a few factoids:
I started running seriously in 9th grade because the gym teacher wouldn’t stop pestering me to join the track team (thank you, Mr. Williams). I didn’t like running at the time. Now, I can’t imagine not being able to run. In my second marathon, I qualified for the 2017 Boston Marathon. Cross that off the bucket list.
Dogs have always been a part of my life. Growing up, I was the kid in the neighborhood who coaxed the strays closer and, to my parents’ dismay, brought them home. We now have seven dogs, two cats, and too many tropical fish to count. Our Australian Shepherd kennel, Imagineer, is an Australian Shepherd Club of America Hall of Fame Excellent kennel.
When I’m not writing, running, or training my dogs, you may find me elbow deep in garden dirt or entangled in yet another home improvement project. We bought our current home in 2000 at a sheriff’s foreclosure auction without ever seeing the inside. That, folks, is optimism. The only good thing about the property back then was the view. Nowadays, there’s no other place like it.
Although I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was young, I shelved the idea for decades because I was told you can’t earn a living as a writer. So I did it in my spare time because I love the way words sound and the way stories connect us. My first book was turned down by dozens of literary agents and then nearly as many publishers. I foolishly persisted, simply because I didn’t know how to quit. As it turns out, obstinacy is a positive trait. And timing is everything. Independent publishing has brought me in touch with tens of thousands of enthusiastic readers, with well over 200,000 books sold and downloaded.
Everything that has ever happened in my life — good and bad — has brought me to where I am today. And for that, I am truly grateful.
All my best,