Ever since I can remember, I wanted to be a writer. My first incredible work of fiction, “The Secret Of The Secret Key” was a hit with my mom, dad, sister and brother and perhaps the family dog, Arrow. Alas, that story and its crayon-colored images never left the confines of my living room although my family thought it was the best thing they’d ever heard.

A career was born!

Truthfully, when I told my parents I wanted to be a writer they said, “no one makes money at that. You should learn to type.” I am grateful they wanted me to take typing and secretarial courses because I can type 65 words per minute.

My first job in the writing world was at the local daily newspaper, The Medina Journal-Register. Ask me sometime how I landed that job! That paper went the way of so many others and sadly closed. I went on to work at a business magazine, a legal publication and owned and published my own nationally and internationally distributed print magazine (ByLine). When blogging came on the scene I became a pet blogger and copywriter. I have been a full-time writer for close to twenty years.

I love tea and collect tea cups, saucers and teapots. I also love and, well I hate to say — collect — vintage typewriters but I do have a dozen so that counts as a collection, right? Every November I write the first chapter of my National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO) novel on one of my vintage typewriters. It’s impossible to edit yourself on a typewriter!

My office mates are my two poodles, Hazel and Charlotte and my two Devon Rex, Ickis and Oblina with whom I have full-blown conversations. My husband, and our two children have encouraged my writing career. When I’m not writing or reading or starting yet another crochet project I will inevitably toss aside when I see a new pattern or yarn I am spending time with my adorable grandbabies.

Grab a cup of tea, a soft blanket and a pet or two, stay awhile and lose yourself in the magic of my novels.