At two, I vaguely remember falling face first into a fire while camping with my family at the ocean. I was doused with saltwater. This (I have always been told) is the reason I have no scarring today and established my deep affinity for the sea. I also remember being confined (with my twin) underneath an upside down playpen. I believe my older sisters charged admission to see us. They did not tell me how much money they made. I am convinced this set the stage for my disturbed childhood, which is the basis for much of my fiction. There were four sets of twins in our neighborhood. For years, I was convinced every family had at least one set. I remember the tinkling call of the ice cream man during hot sticky summers. Popsicles were a dime. Can you buy anything for a dime now? I don't think so.I remember Casey's Drive-in on Aurora Avenue. For a dollar, you could buy a deluxe hamburger, fries, and a milkshake, and get change back. I remember carrying stacks and stacks of books home from the library and reading them all in less than a week. Anything to do with animals. Especially horses.I asked Santa for a horse for Christmas every year. I was to be disappointed each and every year, until I could buy one for myself.
My writing history.
My first literary effort was at 8 years of age. It was titled: "Thickamore The Backnus." It was well received and, although self- published with masking tape and cardboard, it has stood the test of time as does all good literature.
I was born in Seattle, Washington, graduated from Shoreline High School in 1971 and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1972. I was trained as a Medical Technologist and then after my discharge, attended Northern Illinois University. I've had many careers. I worked as a horse back riding instructor and conducted shark research as a SCUBA diver and been a high school teacher of high risk students. While working on my PhD at the University of Hawaii, I was awarded a certificate in disability studies.
Currently I live on a sailboat moored in Honolulu Hawaii with my architect-husband Gordon and a cat named 2Tooloose. I have a son, Andrew who lives in Australia.