I grew up in the western United States, and still prefer living in or near small towns. In my younger days, I participated in community theater, and also worked in summer stock theater in the Black Hills. After college, I worked as a newspaper reporter, editor, photographer and columnist, for about ten years. After I got married, I quit the news business and helped my husband with his office supply business, which morphed into a bookstore, which morphed into a combination gas station and bookstore, which I closed after my husband's death. I began writing fiction in earnest in 2000. A few years after that, I converted to Christianity. Some of my earlier work was rewritten after that to better line up with my new understanding, and other projects were retired. I now write books from a Christian perspective. I like to study history, and draw on that in my writing. Update: Since late 2017, I've been living and working at a children's home in Kentucky, helping care for babies and toddlers of women who are in prison, jail, or drug rehab. It keeps me busy!