Read My Story

Born in St. Louis, I graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1979. In 1980, I moved to the Chicago area, where I began a successful thirty-four-year career as a communication professional.

After saying goodbye to corporate life in 2014, I began a new chapter as an author at fifty-six years old. Three years later, my husband and I left Illinois. We now make our home in Scottsdale, Arizona.

I’ve written and published four memoirs:

From Fertile Ground is a three-generation writer’s mosaic that examines the power of grief and our desire to make sense of our heritage, find our own path, and leave our mark on the world.

Tales of a Rollercoaster Operator is a collection of twenty-six funny and poignant essays about my favorite twists and turns growing up in Missouri in the 1960s and 1970s.

An Unobstructed View chronicles an ironic year of surprise, reflection, and transformation when my life takes an unexpected detour on my way from Illinois to Arizona.

I Think I’ll Prune the Lemon Tree is an anthology of thirty-nine true and fictional stories set against the warm and rugged landscape of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert.

I am proud to publish all of my stories under the Blues & Greens Press brand. It appears on the cover or inside each book. The name harkens back to a dream my mother recounted many times in the 1970s, when she was middle-aged and struggling to find greater peace in her life. “Stick to the blues and greens” whispered an ethereal voice. Decades later, the phrase has come to represent my own journey to create a fulfilling literary life.