I realized, some time ago, that you know nothing about me. Not a good way to run a website. So here are
the basic facts, and I'll add to them as I get time.
I was born in England, shortly before the outbreak of WW
II. (Yes, I really was!) I spent the war years in London, spending most of my time between school and air raid shelters. When
things got a little noisy outside the shelters, and everyone was too scared to sing, I'd get up and start telling a story,
making it up as I went along. Before long word got around, and I was asked to entertain on a regular basis. Thus the storyteller
It was many, many years, however before I actually saw my stories in print. My first publishing effort
was a letter to the children's page of a British national newspaper. It described how our cat would thrust one paw through
the letter box in our front door and hit the doorknocker with the other paw. When we opened the door the cat walked in. It
was months before any of us realized why no one was at the door when we answered it. Anyway, I was eight years old and I got
paid for the letter. My first sale!
The second came nearly fifty years later. (I'm a late bloomer.) In between
I enjoyed a short career on the stage as one half of a sister act, until I emigrated to the United States. That put pay to
my stage career, but I kept my hand in by playing piano and singing at a local English-style pub every month on British Night.
I worked as a receptionist, accountant, office manager, executive secretary and for a change of pace, a salad maker in
a restaurant. I actually worked with the first prototype computer. It took up the entire room, with tapes
almost as big as me. The noise of all those wheels whirring around was distracting. How far we've come in
such a short time.
My son was born in 1968, and during the first few months of his life I stayed home and
renewed my interest in writing. The first manuscript I had the nerve to submit was accepted by Silhouette Books in 1987, and
my new career began.
I wrote my first book on a typewriter. I often say that if computers hadn't been invented,
I would not be a writer today. As it was, graduating to a computer changed my life. Back then, comparatively few people had
access to a chat room. Those who did were usually savvy computer types, business people and writers. With my thirty year marriage
breaking up, the chat rooms became salvation. I found companionship, friendship and eventually love.
He lived on
the east coast, I lived on the west. That was in 1993, when computer time was charged by the minute. When our computer
and phone bills added up to $1500 a month, we decided it would be cheaper to get together. We met for the first time at the
airport in Portland, Oregon, and the next day drove across the country to Philadelphia. I had to call my sister and close
friends every night to reassure them that I wasn't with an axe murderer. A year later we were married in Las Vegas on our
way back to Oregon, where we've lived happily ever since. Now, how's that for romance!
A few years ago we added to
our happy home a cute little
rat terrier who thinks she's a Great Dane. All fifteen pounds of her. She rules the household,
nevertheless. A true member of the family.