A little about me …
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 am a music educator who has worked a million jobs in the past and continues to run a muck in the present. I have had amazing students and feel so lucky to work with teenagers. Outside of public education 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. 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! (As was Hamilton – of course.) 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. The Forgotten Queen was published a few years later, as were my Music Theory Worksheets book. 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. My first show, “The Promised Land” was performed in July of 2003 and my second show, “Saul” was performed in July of 2006. I have begun orchestrating and uploading my “The Promised Land” music here on this webpage. Feel free to take a look. I have also written a number of unpublished stories.
My novel, Class Collision: Fall From Grace, received the Gold Award from Readers Favorite Book Awards in the YA Coming of Age category. The Forgotten Queen received a Silver Award.
I have a bachelor’s degree in music from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Studying music there was an incredible privilege and I loved every second of it. I also spent a few semesters studying music composition at Boise State. You may have heard of our football team. Go Broncos! (Boise is awesome!) My master’s degree is in Secondary Music Education from Boston University. (I absolutely love Boston University! I could go on and on and on about how amazing it is.) I am so grateful for the educational opportunities I’ve had in my life and encourage anyone thinking about higher education to pursue those dreams and take those classes. Thank you, BYU, BSU, and BU!