I was born and raised in North Carolina, spending time each summer in the Blue Ridge Mountains with my maternal grandmother. Climbing Mt. Mitchell in the fog meant we were touching the clouds. Cold mountain streams and rhododendrons alongside the Blue Ridge Parkway were nature's signatures in those high hills. Inside my grandmother's house we played games, ate her homemade blackberry jam, and slid down the wooden banister on wax paper. By the time I received a BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and an MSSW from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, my grandmother and mother were gone. But I've always loved those memories. I enjoyed a career in mental health care, and recently retired. I've studied writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Writers' Institute. I live in Madison, Wisconsin with my husband.

Writing fiction developed from a love of reading, and a need to tell about the characters who grow to reality in my imagination. North Carolina became the natural setting for a story about people and their relationships during challenging times.