I hold an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and BA in English from BYU. I landed a two-book deal with Razorbill/Penguin and published Taken by Storm and Sing me to Sleep. My editor left Penguin a few days before Sing me to Sleep released and my agent quit to become a book packager.
My heart was broken. But, loyal bloggers convinced me to indie publish Storm's sequel, Unbroken Connection. As a thank you to my readers, I blogged Cayman Summer, scene by scene, day by day. You can find all my books for sale on Amazon.
These days, I am a busy grandma and am devoting my writing energy to creating middle grades novels and picture books. I try to write every day. I get grumpy if I don’t. I bubble with glee after a long day with characters I love.
I volunteer at the Phoenix Temple for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and teach Sunday school to the Freshman class. I also co-sponsor a local Days for Girls team.
Like Michael, my hero in the Taken by Storm series, I am an avid scuba diver. I’ve got over a hundred dives under my weight belt. My husband, Allen, and I dive all over the world--from the Caribbean to the Red Sea to Palau in the South Pacific to the waters off Phuket, Thailand (where I got the bends). It’s great fun. Except getting the bends.
I’m a compulsive reader and have to ration myself or I won’t do anything else, including eating, sleeping, interacting with other humans in any way. And writing my own books. I play the piano and like just about any song you can sing along with in the car or dance to. I took ballet when I was four, ballroom at BYU, and sewed myself the most amazing disco outfits in high school.
I set Taken by Storm on the pig farm outside Tekoa, Washington, where we lived after my mother remarried. It was good to stop bouncing around from town to town and school to school. From kindergarten to when I started the seventh grade in Tekoa, I went to a different school every year.
Good thing I was an expert at moving. We moved our kids all over the world. We lived in Canada, Switzerland and Singapore. Now, my husband and I are happily settled back in Arizona, which is the closest thing to home we vagabonds have. Yippee. I can’t get enough of the sunshine, cactus, and the smell of the desert after it rains.