I grew up with five siblings in a working class neighborhood outside Washington, D.C. I have been writing or telling stories in some form or another for many years. As my old life was dismantled, I found journal writing and later blogging to be the release I needed. I have continued to write because I can't seem to stop! I love to read fiction, non-fiction (particularly history and biographies) and I enjoy discovering new writers.
I'm influenced by those who kept journals and diaries. I love to read the story of someone's life or to read one's musings on life as they sit and reflect on their day or a situation.
I also love history and I am often reflecting on how world events or the "times" were affecting the "regular joe."
I am particularly drawn to strong female characters and writers. From childhood, my favorite authors and stories were of those "spunky gals:"
Dolley Madison, Pocohontas, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Betsy Ray, Francie Nolan. Those young women were my greatest influences in writing and in life.
cooking, yoga, walking and hiking in the mountains, writing, reading, pub crawls, musical concerts and festivals, digging around old bookstores, junk stores, and antique shops, hanging out with my kids, going anywhere with my husband.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, RIF (Reading is Fundamental),
Hands On Foundation, Dignity U Wear, Girls, Inc.
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