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.


red and golden raspberries

The end of summer is berry time in Alaska. I’ve written before about berries and berry picking (see ). But this year is extra special, because our new house has raspberries—both red and golden ones!




I love all berries, but raspberries have a bolder taste than some I usually pick. They’re great for certain recipes, and can be combined to enhance other fruits and berries. This is the first year I’ve had so many raspberries to play with in the kitchen.

I’ve made raspberry and rhubarb pie, and raspberry and strawberry crisp. But my favorite so far is the raspberry sauce I made to go on a flourless chocolate cake.

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