I was born and raised on a small family farm in western Colorado. At 18 I ran away to college, but instead of receiving a degree, got married and had children. Good kids, bad marriage. Kept the kids, dumped the marriage, went back to school and earned a BA, MA and PsyD in clinical psychology. After graduation I returned to Colorado to work and found a much better husband. We were both being eaten by our work, so in 2002 we escaped to a cabin high in the mountains above Paonia, CO. We lived off the grid for five years, finished building the cabin and worked odd jobs until my husband’s health issues forced us to return to civilization, or what passes for civilization in a town of 1,500. Currently I am retired, playing some and writing more.
Though I have dabbled at writing most of my life, I seriously took up the task in my early 30’s. I primarily write what I love, and that is science fiction. In the 80’s I won the Science Fiction Writer’s of the World Contest, and then in 1989 I attended the Clarion West Science Fiction Writer’s Workshop to improve my craft. Going back to school forced a hiatus in my fiction writing. However, professionally I published a chapter in a book about cross-cultural psychology in the late 90’s, and had an article appear in a journal on family therapy. When I finally returned to fiction, twice I won Honorable Mention in the Writer’s of the Future Contest and once in the Writer’s Digest Fiction Contest. I also sold a novel, but the company went out of business before it was published. I have completed two science fiction novels, two partial novels, one scifi, one mainstream, have a book of essays about our time on the mountain, and a computer full of short stories.