The Author

I was lucky enough to grow up in Alaska. My family moved here when I was six, and we fell in love with the place. I’ve called Alaska home ever since. You’ll know why Alaska is so close to my heart as you see the beauty and meet Alaskans of past and present.

Throughout my life, I’ve felt the power of words. I taught English for 20 years, and I’m now able to spend more time on my writing, including the novels in my young adult historical romance series. My first series is set in the Alaska Gold Rush, a great time for drama, romance, and independent characters who made their own way in the world.

When not writing, I enjoy reading, spending time with my family, and participating in Cowboy Action Shooting with the Alaska 49ers. I also belong to several historical and writers’ groups.


map of Alaska, wikicommons

You know you’re an Alaskan when…


your friend asks if you’re going Outside for vacation and you know he means out of state.


you follow dog mushers and Nordic (cross-country) skiers as much as football or baseball players.


you have a favorite mosquito repellent.


your freezer has moose, caribou, halibut or salmon from last season.


you own hipboots, rain gear, snow boots, a down, thinsulate, or fur parka, ice grippers or cleats, and at least one item made of fleece. (Extra points if you have a kuspuk or a real fur hat.)


you’ve seen XtraTuff boots at a formal event. (Extra points if you were wearing them.

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