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, the University of Northwestern St. Paul, and Crown College.
When I’m not teaching, writing, or reading, I love spending time with my family, including my grandson and granddaughter; walking my rambunctious ninety-pound Labradoodle, Knight; and pampering my Ragdoll cat, Hero.
During the past five years, I’ve branched out from the business and educational materials I’ve written during my adult life and pursued creative writing. My award-winning novel, Silken Strands, will be released soon by Gabriel’s Horn Press. It will be followed by Shattered Faith, my novella that won first place in the ACFW First Impressions Contest and was a finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Genesis Contest.
Several of my short stories have been or will shortly be published. “Coyotes from Kazakhstan” appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of Sixfold, which you can read online. In May 2018 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 or in the print anthology. Coming in September 2019: Two short stories, “Time Race” and “Sir Manfred’s Secret,” will appear in Tales from the Goldilocks Zone, a short story collection from Flying Ketchup Press.
I like to dabble in poetry occasionally, and I’m pleased to announce that three of my poems–a sonnet, an alphabet poem, and a double dactyl–appear in Startled by Joy, the new poetry anthology from Gabriel’s Horn Press.
I’ve now completed a novella-length memoir entitled Ruthie’s Rules: Stolen by Schizophrenia. A portion of that memoir, “A Tale of Two Sisters,” won third place in the 2019 #MeToo Essay Contest sponsored by Memoir Magazine. In 2017, “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.