I was born on the north shore of Long Island. My family moved a lot which was hard in a
way because I was always the “new kid” in school. In another way it was really good
though, because I learned to be comfortable in new situations and to make friends easily.
I had to. I went to twelve different schools as a kid! I now live in Fort Worth, Texas with
my wonderful husband, Gary, and our two dachshunds, Winnie and Mowgli. I am very
lucky because my children and grandchildren all live here, too.
My work life has been varied and fast-paced. I have worked at a television studio and a
big fancy private club. I managed two tea rooms, was a licensed insurance agent and
later, owned my own seafood market and restaurant. When I sold it in 2002, I began a
new career working with senior adults. I have always followed my dreams and embraced
anything new and challenging.
But writing has long been my passion. I wrote my first book, “The Homeless Christmas
Tree,” in 2004. It is the true story of a little tree here in Fort Worth that for many years
was mysteriously decorated at Christmastime. Between 2005 and 2010, I wrote a monthly
column for our local newspaper wherein I shared funny stories about myself and my
family. I have a number of new books completed, or nearly so, and I still work with
seniors at weekly writing workshops that I conduct to help them write down their life
stories to pass along to their families.
I have been a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators since
Things I Like: Animals, popcorn, seafood, museums, travel – to anywhere!
Things I Dislike: Dusting, collard greens, spiders
Hobbies: Reading, gardening, cooking, crafts of all kinds, word puzzles and games
What Makes Me Mad? Dishonesty, anything that harms people, especially children and seniors, or animals
What Makes Me Happy? My family, my dogs, sunshine, crafting a really good sentence