A native of California, I was born and raised in the Pasadena area.  My husband and I still live here although we have talked about living elsewhere that is less expensive.  I have two adult sons and two adorable granddaughters.  I am fortunate that my 91-year-old Mom is still with us although in the throes of Alzheimer’s.  We live in a condominium with precious pups, Maxee a 14-year-old Lhasa Apso and Minnie an 18-month-old Maltese.  They keep us on our toes and give us hours of unconditional love and fun!

I have been a writer since I was a child.  My first book that I fell in love with was Pearl Buck’s Good Earth.  I subsequently read the rest of her tomes.  The first attempt at writing occurred when I was in the 4th grade and wrote about an imaginary trip I made to Australia aboard the SS Lurline.  What fun that was! Throughout my years in school, I always veered back to writing about Asia and when in college and studying for my Master’s in History found myself back in Asia but more specifically China.  Besides my master’s in history, I also have a Bachelor’s in English and Paralegal Studies in addition to a Master’s in Library and Information Science.  My writing career really took off following the completion of my last Masters.  I took a couple of online writing courses and found myself writing a romantic suspense that is loosely based on a personal experience of my own.  It has recently been submitted to a publisher.  I have a distinct interest in writing historical fiction and have a couple of novels started that take place during World War II – one in Europe and the other in the Pacific Theatre.

I love going to the movies and we particularly enjoy independent foreign language films.  We do not very often attend the movies to see the latest commercial success and rarely any of the current genres that focus on violence or silliness rather than a story line.  Whenever we travel my first stop is a bookstore.  One of my favorites is Chaucer’s in Santa Barbara but our own Vroman’s here in Pasadena is the best of the best.  Naturally, I love to read and try to read as much as I can every day.  My TBR pile on my night table is stacked way high!!  Right now I am reading with great vigor any novel that takes place during WWII.

I would someday love to write about cooking or do restaurant reviews.  Always something that I am striving towards . . . but my one far-fetched desire is to own a boarding house for dogs with all the amenities!


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