About Me

Who Am I?

I’m a 60-something grandma and a boomer beach bum. I love the magic of words, sailing, and traveling.

Although it’s of no value today, I can still drive a stick, have beautiful cursive writing, remember some shorthand, and can play a mean game of pong.

My Writing Life

I am in love, captivated, and addicted to words. With good reason. Words can lift us up, bring joy, motivate us, offer hope, heal wounds, and inspire us. Words are powerful and sometimes even magical. Words evoke our imaginations and create wondrous worlds to explore.

My writing career had a slow start. In my early 20s, I started writing short stories and taking classes as a hobby, never dreaming that I might be a professional writer one day. Several years later, I finally got up the nerve to begin submitting my work and was thrilled beyond words when my first short story written for teens was sold in 1990.

Living out every writer’s dream at a book signing at Barnes and Noble.

Since that time, I’ve written five books, including my award-winning nonfiction book, I’m Your Daughter, Julie,  Ten Secrets to Losing Weight After 50, two young adult novels, Time To Cast Away and Just Call Me Goody-Two-Shoesand a technical book I co-authored, Residential Steel Design and Construction, published by McGraw-Hill.

Hang on, because this is where I trot out my credentials in case you’re wondering. I’m a member of the Authors Guild. Aside from the books listed above, hundreds of my articles and short stories have been published in national and regional magazines as well as on numerous websites. (See List of Publications for more details.) I was honored to win three journalism awards from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association and my blog, Baby Boomer Bliss, was recognized as one of the top 50 baby boomer blogs on the web.

Sitting on The Ledge 1,353 feet up overlooking Chicago on a recent anniversary trip.

On a Personal Note

I live at the beach in Southern California with my husband of 40-plus years and have two grown sons and four grandchildren.

I’m always looking for my next adventure. I’ve been fortunate to go on safari and shark cage diving in Africa, white water rafting on a five-plus rated river in New Zealand, ride a boat under a raging waterfall in Brazil, pet a koala in Australia, walk the Great Wall in China, scuba dive in the Cayman Islands, and swim with the dolphins in the Florida Keys.

Stay tuned to find out what’s next!