For many years, I didn’t feel complete without juggling all three balls. But, after a wondrous, twenty year run teaching school I realized, “once a teacher, always a teacher”—just in a different way. Instead of juggling, now I hold the things that are dear to me and in turn, share them with you.
When my award-winning debut book, Chasing the Butterfly, took flight and more stories swirled in my head, I knew I was hooked—captured by the power of story and the gratitude I have for being able to share my characters, plots, and heartfelt themes.
When I’m not writing, I teach art to children and adults at my long-time art studio, fondly named Piggy Toes. Call me crazy, but all those colors splashing on to canvas and paper is the best visual fiesta a gal could want. The people I have come to know and love over the twenty plus years of the studio’s life are the fudge topping.
Although an extrovert, quiet moments make me smile. With Bella underfoot, I saddle up to my writing desk and travel to faraway places. When my backside gets numb, there’s nothing better than mixing a palette, turning on music, and seeing what comes to life in the studio
Grateful? Absolutely. I live at the base of the Rocky Mountains with my family of three boys and a big kid husband. Even with empty nester status on the front porch and the winds of time constantly bringing change, I am bathed in blessings and welcome God’s plans for each of us. To keep the wild and wacky days in perspective, my very needy Golden Retriever steals paintbrushes, demands walks, and keeps me smiling.
Thank you to the stream of book and art lovers who join me on the creative journey. You all make my heart go pitter-patter.
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