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.


Ice out on Yukon River 2 Pilot Station Alaska by Mark Dornblaser U.S. Geological Survey

A few days ago, the outside temperature was just above freezing. I basked in the warmth of the sun heating up the interior of my car as I drove across town. As I turned into the right lane, my wheels hit the puddle of snow melt and threw water over the curb. “Break up is here,” I said to myself, glad no one was walking nearby. I’d hate to drench someone with that icy, dirty water.

Break up is the time of year when the snow and ice melt. (You’ll see it as one word or two, capitalized or not, so I just picked one spelling variation here to be consistent.) It gets its name from the dramatic break up of river ice, which is a lot more impressive than watching cars run through puddles.

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