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One of the first questions I’m usually asked is, “When did you start writing?” The truth is, I don’t ever remember not writing. From my earliest memories, I’ve had three loves — reading, writing, and kids.

So naturally, when it was time to go to college, I chose to major in English and get my certification in Elementary Education, a job which would eventually combine all three and lead to eleven fantastic years in the classroom, and a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Literacy.

Although I spent many long hours during my teaching career studying writing and writing for fun, and writing LOTS of pieces in front of my awesome students, I never pursued any serious projects of my own. But one summer day, on a picnic in the mountains with my daughter, we came across the foundation of a broken concrete bridge which had once led to … absolutely nowhere.

I knew there was a story in there, but it took me six months to come up with the beginning for it. Then, over my winter break from school, it was suddenly there, and I began writing the story of Quinn Robbins, a girl who discovers a bridge somewhat like the one I found, and the adventures it led her to.

Eventually, both the writing bug and a desire to spend some serious time with my own little girl before she gets too big led me to leave the classroom and pursue writing mostly full-time, while also learning how to shed the classroom persona and pursue homeschooling and running a small business.

And somehow, somewhere in there, The Dusk Gate Chronicles took on a life of its own. What was originally intended to be four books, has somehow turned into seven, with the possibility of more someday — probably sooner than later.

I have also written a standalone novel titled Rumpelstiltskin’s Daughter, available now on Amazon.

My current project is a new series titled The Gatekeepers. It is part spin-off of The Dusk Gate Chronicles, part something entirely brand-new. It features Owen Robbins as a prominent character. The first book, Traveler, will be available in early 2017.

Life is an adventure, I hope you’ll join me for the ride.


Want to know more? Check out some of the interviews I’ve shared with bloggers. 

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