If you travel west of Chicago until just before the Iowa border, you might get a glimpse of my childhood home. It’s a tiny town. My 8th grade graduating class had 8 students.
At 17, I was the first female in my family to join the military. I served four years in the Air Force and have never regretted it. Many days I walked the RAF Woodbridge flight line to work and spent my hours surrounded by pilots in flight suits. Absolutely no regrets. Because of this, the A-10 Warthog will always be near and dear to my heart.
Six years later, I graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Nursing and spent 20 years caring for and learning from patients and their families. In between, I wrote stories.
I worked as an editor for the Washington, DC/Baltimore edition of Nursing Spectrum and did a stint as a reporter on Capitol Hill while pursing a Master’s Degree in Journalism.
Writing has been a part of my life since I wrote my preferred sequel to The Empire Strikes Back. (I hated the fact that Luke and Leia were brother and sister.) Only now am I taking the plunge and embracing writing as a career.
Things in my life don’t always go as planned and I’ve embraced that uniqueness as well. If you ever run into me, ask about the half-naked dancing boss during my first and only job as a journalist.
I consider myself a true sci-fi fan even though I have yet to watch more than a couple of episodes of Dr. Who. I’m also known for relating everyday events to Seinfeld episodes. Comedy has been a part of my life since the day I was born.
My stories don’t always fall neatly into one particular genre and I’m okay with that. I hope you will too.