Ah, you're here because you wanted to know more about the person behind the stories. In that case, 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. My first question to the doctor after rotator cuff surgery was, "When can I start running again?" 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 six 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 (HOFX) kennel. My dogs and I actively compete in rally, obedience, agility, and conformation. Some of my dogs are also my running buddies.
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 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.
In a not-so-distant past life, I've also been a small business owner, a teacher, a coach, and an environmental toxicologist.
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. Independent publishing has brought me in touch with countless enthusiastic readers, with hundreds of thousands of 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,