I was born and raised in a small town in Idaho. There were two things I wanted to be when I grew up, a mother and an actress. From middle school to college her focus was drama. While in a seventh-grade class my English teacher said that if we ever wanted to write for magazines like The Readers Digest the articles had to be perfect in spelling, grammar, and punctuation. She admonished us to take English classes seriously.
I remember thinking that advice didn’t pertain to me because I wasn’t going to be a writer. I was going to be an actress! Little did I know I would end up being an award-winning author.
My drama training hasn’t been wasted, though. I’ve been in several community productions and written, acted in, and sold four plays to Eldridge Play Company. Three are still in print. I have adapted the acting methods I’ve learned, using them in my writing and has given numerous workshops teaching others the same techniques.
Besides my plays, I have published articles, short stories, two historical romantic suspense novels, and one contemporary romantic suspense. Now I’m concentrating on writing a mystery series with two elderly sisters PIs.
But, she still remembers her seventh grade English teacher. She sure wishes she’d paid more attention.