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Though I would be the first to tell you I am not particularly brave, about four years ago I somehow found the nerve to move from the big city where I grew up to a small mountain valley in Idaho. On any given day I am closer to bears, moose, mountain lions, and deer than I am to people.
I am having a splendid adventure, and I enthusiastically encourage my readers to take life-changing risks of their own. Had I stayed in my comfort zone, I would never have found the excitement and new growth a fresh start provides. I believe that when someone is through changing, they're through!
My first novel can only be described as an accident. I always wanted to be a writer, but I never found the courage to let anyone read my work. Then one day, on a whim, I wrote to an agent in New York, explaining the plot of a young adult novel I had written. The agent wrote back promptly and asked to see the complete manuscript. This posed something of a dilemma for me. I hadn't actually written the book yet... to be honest I was astonished the agent even responded! I somehow managed to write the entire book in less than three weeks. I don't recommend this nerve-wracking method of breaking into the business.
I live in a log home at the base of the magnificent Teton mountains. The surrounding lakes and forests are not only heaven for me, but for my three Labradors as well. I consider myself one of the lucky people who not only had a dream, but who had a dream come true. If it can happen to me, it can happen to you too.