In the world of I, there is a whole lot of me. Hopefully this self-serving page doesn’t give the wrong impression. Though I’m not a big-wig or a superstar, writing is my passion. And so I share.
I love to write. Whether it’s music or stories, I’ve never been bored because my brain is always working a mile a minute. There is so little time to get everything done! If only I could write as fast as I think.
I’ve worked as a dental assistant, piano teacher, night club performer (as in singing and playing the piano), choir coach, school teacher, and several other jobs that I’d rather forget. I’ve done just about every volunteer job you can think of, from running a food drive to a formal banquet and theatrical show. But more than anything, I love being a mom. There are times when you want to pull your hair out, yet nothing compares to the absolute unity of a family. Though I might search the world over, my favorite people will always be the ones with whom I have shared a roof, past or present. Kids are loyal and strong. If only I could learn to be a kid again.
My Favorite Things:
There’s no way to narrow this down. I love classical music — obviously. That’s why I have a degree in it. To put it more plainly, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 makes me go weak in the knees, as do Puccini’s operas. But, unlike many classical musicians, I also love pop and rock. Go Elton John — Aida was the best! And yes, as you may have heard, I am a Superman fan. Who wouldn’t want to be a super hero? From Star Trek to Jane Austen … there’s such a wide variety of fantastic in the world and I can’t help but appreciate it all.
My first novel, Class Collision: Fall From Grace was published in September, 2010 by Outskirts Press. In June of 2011 it was republished by Mandolin Publishing. The sequel, Class Collision: Phoenix Rising was also published by Mandolin Publishing in June 2011. If you’d like to read what bloggers have said about my books click HERE.
I’ve written two full-length musical plays which were performed in Boise, Idaho in 2003 and 2006. I have also written a number of unpublished stories and novels. Unfortunately, up until about 3 years ago I made a habit out of chucking these into oblivion. I’m really kicking myself for this now. Most of my music compositions survive as single copies, which are tucked inside several shelves of binders in my music room. Occasionally I play and sing them to my hearts content, keeping my family up until the wee hours of the morning. At times like this, I envision my children with pillows squashed tightly over their ears as I sing late into the night. Sadly, I’ve neglected to write down a number of compositions, which are now lost from my memory. Alas, I am not proud to admit that I am a product of my own sabotage.
My novel, Class Collision: Fall From Grace, received the Gold award from Readers Favorite Book Awards in the YA Coming of Age category.
I have a bachelor’s degree in music from BYU. I also spent a couple additional years studying music composition at Boise State. You may have heard of our football team. Go Broncos!
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