I was born and raised on the southeast side of Cleveland in Moreland Hills, Ohio, and penciled my first novel at age ten, 101 pages on blue-lined notebook paper. I’m of German and Scottish descent, but the Germans in the family were more meticulous record-keepers. A fan of the outdoors, I took both summer and winter mountaineering expeditions through the National Outdoor Leadership School in Wyoming during my high school and early college years. In 1980 I earned a BA in Psychology from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and shortly thereafter, took an extended honeymoon through Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. Returning to the U.S., my husband and I moved seven times in seven years, living in Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Cleveland, and Buffalo before landing in Seattle, Washington. My hobbies include skiing, dance, hiking, photography, singing, and travel. I’ve worked as a resource center manager, newspaper columnist, newsletter editor, ghostwriter, in desktop publishing, multi-media, and communications, all the while raising a family and pursuing my first love of reading and writing. In 2011, I earned an MFA in Creative Writing through the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts on Whidbey Island, Washington. My writing has appeared in Shark Reef, The Speculative Edge, Soundings Review, The Fine Line, and ColumbiaKIDS e-zine. The Last of the Blacksmiths is my first novel.