Fall of 2015 saw my permanent move to
I was a snowbird for many years, but
the time arrived to make a major decision. This meant living
full time in either Montana or Arizona. Even though I chose
Arizona I will always be a Montanan at heart.
A trip to Montana during my
sixteenth summer was the beginning of a love affair with the state I have never
lost. Itís reflected in my education; MSU, Bozeman; U of M. Missoula; my
marriage to a Montanan and my subsequent careers. Montana is also home to my
family; three married children, twin great-granddaughters and two of my four
I was born in Portland, Oregon
and raised in Chicago, Illinois. An early adventure with my father introduced me
to Montana, but my years at Montana State University and the University of
Montana prepared me for life in the west and careers in marriage, motherhood,
ranching, art and writing.
married a Montana rancher, mothered three children and became an active member
of a rural ranching community. Ed and I not only lived in the community, we
raised registered cattle and horses, made numerous trips into the back country
and wilderness, hunted, fished, hiked, skied and lived through many of the
adventures I have used to bring excitement to my stories.
When I retired from teaching,
the desire to chronicle the lives of rural people in their struggle to meet the
needs of the Ď90ís and prepare for the 21st century led me to write
my first novel,
Color Me Red. I had published numerous professional
articles in a variety of magazines; as well as producing works for a number of
one-man visual arts shows. The success of these undertakings gave me confidence
to tackle yet another career, this time in writing.
My stories are universal in
their appeal. I like to remember the calls and letters from readers all over the
country asking if I was writing about their town. The rural life has a
reputation for simplicity and beauty; attributes which attract new residents
from the population centers of the world. A whole new set of problems are born.
It is my goal to document various aspects of these problems as they are
recognized and solved in the worlds of my fictitious characters.
My career as an art teacher; my
life as a cattle rancher in Western Montana; and my close association with
small-town living has prepared me to write about the lives and frustrations of
the characters peopling my novels. Those personalities you learned to love and
to hate in
Color Me Red
have returned to the pages of
Shroud Across the Valley to take
you on another mystery adventure in the contemporary west.
Cut-Away Pass places you on the
back of a horse in the beautiful, majestic and sometimes scary Anaconda
Always There Is the Mountain
changes the mood to let you feel the poignant love of a young rancher and his
city-bred wife as they attempt to build a life in the contemporary, beautiful
and sometimes unforgiving west.
As you look through the pages of
this beautiful website created by my friend in Billings I trust you will enjoy
the look through the books, the paintings and the gemstone jewelry creations. If
you are so inclined to own one of these products of my imagination I would trust
it would give you the same satisfaction that I received from its creation.
My best to you, my viewers.