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.
You may recall I declared this to be my year of the arts and encouraged others to do so. (See .) Here is what I’ve been doing about it lately, and what these different forms of art have led me to think about.
I’ve been reading, of course, and books have touched me as they often do, making me think about my life and the world. Right now, I am alternating between reading a novel and an autobiography. Charles Dickens’ Bleak House is wide-ranging in scope, and his criticisms of the British legal system of the time are scathing. How sad that his plot was based on fact—but a good example of fiction working to create social change.Read More