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.


Harriman Fjord, Prince William Sound 2

Edward Harriman was a railroad magnate and type-A personality. When his physician suggested he take a vacation, rather than relax in the Caribbean or tour Europe, he pulled together a group of the finest scientists and artists of that generation and took them with his family along the southern coast of Alaska all the way to Siberia. 

The Harriman Expedition of 1899 allowed John Burroughs, John Muir and others to study the glaciers and other natural features of Alaska. That group produced extensive notes that we still use today to study the evolution of glaciers, wildlife, and other things.

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