Welcome to my Author Page! Let me tell you a little about me. I love teaching, reading, and writing. I homeschooled my five children from pre-school to graduation (well, one has yet to graduate), and that was one of the most exciting adventures of my life. I teach middle school and high school students at two Twin Cities area homeschool academies: YEAH Academy in Roseville and Truth Academy in Wayzata. I’m also an Adjunct English Professor for North Central University and the University of Northwestern St. Paul.
When I’m not teaching, writing, or reading, I love spending time with my family, including my brand-new grandson; walking my rambunctious ninety-pound Labradoodle, Knight; and pampering my Ragdoll cat, Hero.
Although I’ve been writing business and educational materials for a long time, I’ve just started getting my work published as an author. My unpublished novel, Silken Strands, has won awards. My unpublished novella, Shattered Faith, won first place in the ACFW First Impressions Contest and was a finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Genesis Contest.
Two of my short stories have been published. “Coyotes from Kazakhstan” appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of Sixfold, which you can read at their website. Recently I won the “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” short story contest sponsored by Two Sisters Writing and Publishing for “Love in the Wings,” which you can read online. This story will also be featured in their print anthology for 2019.
I’ve now completed a novella-length memoir entitled Ruthie’s Rules and Other Reflections on a Charmed Life. Three of the shorter chapters from the book have been accepted for publication individually. Last spring “The Sisterhood of Bereaved Mothers” placed fourth in the micro-essay contest sponsored by Mothers Always Write. In September, TheSame.Blog published “The Case of the Curious Wall.” And “Day of the Frying Pan” appeared in the December 2018 issue of Junto Magazine.
Coming in 2019: Two short stories, “Time Race” and “Sir Manfred’s Secret,” will appear in Tales from the Goldilocks Zone, a short story collection published by Flying Ketchup Press.