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I was born in Wagner, South Dakota, the youngest of six children. When I was still a baby, my family returned to the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota where my father was employed as a guidance counsellor and my mother as a school nurse. At the age of three, my family moved again, to Iowa, where I grew up. Having been born with a profound unilateral hearing impairment (there were many evenings when me and my father made a trip to the bus barn to look around the school bus for my hearing aids that I would often conveniently forget on the seat beside me), I tended to use books as a retreat. I would climb into the toy box that my father's students from Rosebud made for my family with a pillow, blanket, and flashlight, close the lid, and escape the world around me. I became a voracious reader and the seed of becoming a writer was planted.
I graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in elementary education and have spent my career working with students of all ages. Today I continue to work in education as a Title I Reading Coordinator.
I currently live in Iowa with my husband, our three children, and a very spoiled German Shorthaired Pointer named Maxine. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, hiking, and running. I am currently working on my next novel.