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.
My first book, Fools Gold, was published about this time two years ago. I’ve learned a lot in my two years as a published author, so I’ll share a few nuggets here for any aspiring or new authors:
People will be more helpful and less judgmental than you might think. I spent a lot of time in the first months blushing every time I said I was an author and apologizing for being a newbie. But I really didn’t need to. No one minded that it was my first book (or first guest blog post or whatever) and often went out of their way to explain the usual routine to me.
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