A Bit About Me
I remember being in grade school playing with my friends on the playground and thinking “I want to write stories!” I don’t recall writing much of anything when I was young. Oh, I kept journals and wrote all sorts of thoughts down on paper but I don’t recall really writing anything for other people to read – unless you count all of the assigned papers my English teachers read when I was in high school!
After high school, I went to vocational school for a certificate in Horse Care & Stable Operation then started college classes at Normandale Community College with plans to transfer to the U of M’s Agriculture School in St. Paul where I wanted to major in Agriculture Education. Looking back, I think it was a creative writing class at Normandale that got me excited about writing. In this class, I wrote some clumsy fiction and awkward poetry and some decent nonfiction. Though dreams of being a writer crept into my mind, mostly I stayed focused on my goal to go to Ag school. That is until I got distracted and started working full-time instead. Then, for fun, I started flying and considered being a commercial pilot, a career that required a four-year degree. So I started attending college classes again.
Through all of those years of vocational school, work and college I found that writing kept sneaking into my life. I wrote articles for a work newsletter, I edited my aviation club’s newsletter and I continued to journal. I found that the college classes I enjoyed the most were my literature and writing classes so I decided to major in English. I went back to school full-time and earned an English degree with a writing emphasis at University of St. Thomas. I was 29 years old.
At that point in my life, I was married to Owen and decided that I would not pursue a career as a commercial pilot but go on to be an English teacher instead. So I took a few more classes, earned my teaching degree, and set out into the world as a teacher in an alternative school for pregnant and parenting teens.
Two years later my husband, Owen, and I had a baby girl, Rose, and I decided to stay at home with Rosie while she was a baby. By this time, writing was very much a part of my life but I still seldom shared my creative writing with others. Prompted in part by the urge to get some “me time,” with other grown-ups, I sought out a writing group in Northfield. With encouragement from this group, I wrote stories and gave feedback to my fellow writers. Then I decided to try to market my writing. So I pitched a story about a tea shop to a small publication specializing in the love of afternoon tea. My idea was accepted! I wrote my article and was paid $25 and, with that, became a freelance writer and have been writing articles and stories for publication ever since.
How time flies! Over a dozen years have passed since I started writing with my little group just to get out of the house I now have two children – Rose is a senior in high school and Ryan a freshman. We’re a busy family of four (plus one dog and one leopard gecko) We live on a residential airport near Northfield, Minnesota and enjoy flying our 1955 Piper all over the country. Other than flying, my hobbies include bicycling, singing, gardening and playing the mandolin. When time and money allow, I’m also restoring a 1947 Dodge club coupe with my younger brother, Joel.