Do The Very Thing That Scares You
I’m learning as I go . . . how to backpack and how to write about my adventures. Now that I’ve written three mysteries, Rim to Rim–Death in the Grand Canyon, Wolf Pack-Mystery on Isle Royale, and Gator Bait-A Tennis Team Mystery, I call myself an author. The novels are available on Amazon in Kindle and in paperback. Barnes and Noble carries the books in the Nook format, and I’m celebrating the books’ placements in an actual store, Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, Forest Park, IL.
Though I’ve always loved the out-of-doors, I started backpacking in 2005 at an advanced age. I began my first novel to fictionalize and jazz up my adventures. Before that, I was stuck indoors running a video surveillance business for 28 years with my husband whom I married in 1969. After we sold the company to a British corporation, we were free to follow our dreams –– mine being camping, hiking, canoeing, tennis, and writing.
My bachelor degree in business took fifteen years to complete. I took whatever classes seemed appropriate for our growing business, but I managed to sneak in English literature, poetry, photography, and anthropology just for fun. Poetry filled my creative writing needs for years. I’ve also written a number of newspaper and magazine articles, but had to wait to retire to take on the daunting challenges of a novel.
Even without a paycheck-type job, time is in short supply. My days are filled with sports, volunteering, travel, writing, learning the writing industry, reading, and, of course, family. I love attending writing seminars and come away inspired . . . and more intimidated! How did I ever work for a living?
My husband and I spend summers in a small town southwest of Chicago and winters on the southwest coast of Florida. We have two grown sons who have given us five grandchildren. Life is good.
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