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I write to get away from it all-from dirty ovens, gardens filled with weeds, and clutter. Sadly, when I finish a few hours at the computer, it's still there. I just don't have the time to take care of the housework-thank goodness. But thoughts leap around in my head, plots and characters have to be put down on the page immediately or they will be on to other things before I can tell my readers their stories.
My third-grade teacher told me I was going to be a writer. Of course, she told me I was going to be an artist, too, minutes before she discovered that what she thought was a picture I'd drawn of a donkey was really a cow.
However, life stepped in before I could get around to writing anything. I have an bachelor's degree from Kansas State University and two master's degrees. I married my dear George and have followed him from Kentucky to Missouri to Kansas to-well, after many other moves, to the beautiful hill country of Texas. As I write this, I can look out at Lake Buchanan and watch rabbits hopping all over our lawn while are three cockers sleep.
My main occupation has been high school Spanish teacher, but I've also been a vocational counselor, program director with adults with mental retardation, and minister. Nothing improved my writing more than the discipline of putting together a sermon every Sunday.
The Mad Herringtons is my first full-length novel to be published. It was a finalist in prestigious Golden Heart and in the Royal Ascot contest sponsored by the RWA Regency chapter. Please go over to that site and read more about it.
I've also had short stories published in Woman's World, The Romantic Bower and Rhapsody magazine as well as a personal essay in the State Lines section of the Houston Chronicle, the top free-lance market in Houston.
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