I know I like to learn about my favorite authors as people, so I wanted to share with my readers a little about me.
I was born and raised in the gorgeous Finger Lakes of western New York. (Yes, there really IS more to New York than the iconic city!) I grew up in the tiny town of Pulteney, but if people asked me where I lived, I usually gave my mailing address of Branchport, but I spent most of my time in Prattsburgh, where I went to school. I was raised on a dairy farm with my four siblings, Jeff, Valerie, Rodney and Mark. I was also fortunate to have both sets of grandparents living nearby and most of my aunts, uncles and cousins. This rich family connection definitely made me the “people-oriented” person I am today and influenced relationships my characters experience.
After graduating with my Bachelor of Arts degree from Keuka College in 1983, I married my husband, Jim, a Connecticut native, and moved there, too. I taught sixth grade English in Glastonbury, CT for 26 years. I earned my Masters in Education from the University of Connecticut (Go, Huskies!). We have three adult children, Carrie Beth, a Language & Speech Pathologist, Nick, a web developer, (Yes, he designed and implemented this website.) and Nick's wife Amy, who is a Specialist at Home Depot.
In 2011 Jim and I made our dream come true by moving back “home” for me. We now live on a 33 acre “farm” where we have our rescue dog, Mollie and my two horses, Sasha and Lacey. I love living in the midst of farm country, and this region has been my inspiration for the settings of Finding Atticus and Over the Edge. In addition to writing my novels, I also work at Keuka College, my alma mater, as the assistant director for alumni & family relations. I also do freelance work for Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, because that allows me the opportunity to share my love of the Finger Lakes Region.
I’ve loved writing for as long as I can remember. I still have many of the horse stories I wrote as a pre-teen and teen, and even the unpublished novels I started writing in my mid-teens. With each story I write, each writing class I take, each conference I attend, each writer I meet, I grow as a writer. I’m always learning, and maybe by the time I’m 100, I will have perfected this craft.
I hope you enjoy spending time with the people and Golden Retrievers in Keuka Shores, the setting of the Finger Lakes Series novels. Although each novel stands alone, you might find it fun to start with Finding Atticus then continue the series from there.