I was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas and lived there until I went off to college at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (Go Razorbacks!). I’ve lived in Little Rock, Memphis, back to Little Rock, and finally back home to Hot Springs, where my husband and I live on a lake. Here are a couple of photos from my yard. We live high on a cliff, so the backyard is basically extended views of the lake.
I spent seventeen years in the healthcare field. I worked as an RN, taught Obstetrics in an RN program, coordinated a prenatal screening program and then was Medical Services Director at the University of Tennessee, Memphis and ended my medical career as an Administrator for a private group medical practice. I missed academia and left medicine to return to the University of Memphis as Director of Graduate Programs at the Fogelman College of Business. I grabbed the opportunity to return to Arkansas by taking a position as Assistant Dean for Executive Programs in the College of Business at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. It was there that I finished my education by earning a doctorate in Higher Education Administration.
In 2002, I retired from a day job and took up the pastime that had consumed all my spare time my entire life –reading, a new book every day. I’ve been a reader as far back as I can remember – including forging letters from my mother when I was in grade school so I could stay in from recess and read! I cut my teeth on Nancy Drew, Trixie Beldon, and The Hardy Boys. Somewhere in my teens I discovered romance and that genre has held my heart ever since.
I wish I could say I grew up dreaming of being a writer but I didn’t. It wasn’t until around 2005 that my husband got tired of watching me read all the time and suggested I could probably write one of these books. And I thought…why not! However, it is so much more difficult to craft an interesting story than write the boring medical papers I was used to! Trust me when I confess there was a learning curve and I still work to hone my craft.
Since my husband retired in 2003, we’ve split our time between home in Arkansas and a winter home in Florida. But we don’t travel alone. We have Maggie (Border Collie) and Panama (Spoiled Parrot).
So, that’s my story. I travel. I read. I write. I erase what I wrote and rewrite.
Check my appearances page for where I am going. You never know when we might meet!