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If I had a theme song, it would start, ‘Well I was born in a small town...’
When I was growing up in Oklahoma, I dabbled in poetry, made up stories in my head, and read every book I could get my hands on. Though I was encouraged by my high school English teacher, I never really considered that fiction writing might be a viable career until many years later when a former neighbour of mine, fellow romance writer Sharon Sala, began selling novels. That was when it dawned on me that small-town girls could be writers too. I joined a writers' group and wrote persistently while raising a family and working full time.
After working as a nurse for fourteen years, I switched to education in 1985 and accepted a teaching position in a small rural school. In 1995, I was voted ‘teacher of the year’ by my colleagues, which is an honour I still treasure greatly.
One of the most unique experiences of my life came when my husband, Gene, and I, delivered our third child at home with only the two of us in attendance. I’m happy to report that our son, Cody, suffered no ill effects from this insanity.
I’m still a small-town girl, we live on a farm/ranch outside Seminole, Oklahoma. Our resident dogs include a Coonhound, a stray that came to stay, and Mugsy, an adorably obnoxious rat terrier that climbs trees. The cat, Dynasty, loves dogs, never climbs trees, and has used at least three of her nine lives.
My hobbies include reading, watching rodeo and football, and taking long walks in the woods behind my house.