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.


Why I Write for Young People

My newest Gold Rush book was released last week. While I've had fun writing about it and interacting with readers as they discover it, I've had enough of promotion for a while. (And many of you may be tired of hearing it!) So it's time to switch gears and remember why I started down this road in the first place.

I wrote an essay about why I write for young people, and made a video of myself reading it. Here's an excerpt:

I know that some of my readers are older people who like my books for other reasons, or enjoy reading about my young characters and thinking, “Ahh, I remember that.

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