Hi! I hope you like my stories. My writing is historical fiction, all about love and family and nature; and the writing has been healing for me.
Shagoon comes from having always been attracted to Native American cultures and my need to “save” a newborn. I was beyond excited to discover a very plausible storyline when I read that Friar Riobo purchased five Tlingit children in Sitka in the late 1700s and then served at one of the 21 Spanish missions along the California coast. At the same time, British Captain George Vancouver visited one of those missions on his annual trip on the Discovery from Alaska to California to Hawaii as part of his surveying route. He was transporting several notables including a young Hawaiian (love interest) who becomes important to King Kamehameha—a yummy storyline. What a gift!
Brick, Lime and Moonshine comes from family history and oral legend at a time when I needed to leave my beloved lake cabin, a cabin that had been built as a drinking house during Prohibition. For me, it was a vacation place when I was young, and after marriage, my husband and I raised our children there. It has been a constant in my life. Leaving it was difficult, and writing this book helped me say so.
A retired teacher, I've lived and taught most of my life in Washington state and a year in Hawaii. Now I indulge in research and the discovery and/or creation of characters to put together bits of history in new ways.
I love spending time with family, especially cooking together, and am interested in warm climates, sandy beaches, large bodies of water, palm trees, and plumeria. I practice yoga and enjoy the mussels from Penn Cove where I currently live on Whidbey Island.