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After graduating from Castleton State College in southern Vermont, I taught high school English at Northern Adirondack Central School in Ellenburg Depot, New York, and at DeLand High School in DeLand, Florida. For many years, I lectured in the evenings as an adjunct faculty member at the State University of New York, Plattsburgh Campus. A novel based on rumors of a local murder always tried to nibble its way from the back of my mind to the printed page. Ironically, that story appears in my second book.
While I love to travel to big cities, the rural life suits me best. My writing requires a solitary space. All of my published books are set in the rural Adirondack Mountain area near Lake Champlain in New York State. One of my poems is set in Vermont.
I never forgot what it was like to be a spaghetti-legged teen living in the sticks and trying to fit in with the popular crowd. How klutzy was I? I hit the driver’s education teacher’s car with the driver’s education car. In the book I’m working on right now, my character fails her road test. Guess who else did the first two times she took it.
I’m proof that geeky girls can date athletes. I met my husband, Barry, while serving as the bat girl for his college baseball team. I also managed to play field hockey without tripping over the stick, but the puck did fly down my shirt once. Like the girls in my novels, I dated an athlete. I’m a New York Yankee fan. He loves the Red Sox. We have issues.
The boys in my novels care about grades and sports. Like all of us, my characters have quirks. Their eccentricities show most in Silent Screams.
My mantra is “Don’t think for a minute teens go through high school unscathed.” In all my books, the characters face trials. That’s very obvious in my latest book, Backpack Blues: Inspire the Fire Within.
Photo is of me speaking at the 2018 Florida Writers Association Conference in Altamonte Springs, Florida. I’m the new Florida Writers Foundation president. Standing to my right is Chrissy Jackson, President of the Florida Writers Association.