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When I was sixteen my parents and I moved to Senajoki, Finland. After briefly attending the local school, I completed the last 2.5 years of high school through the mail. Homeschooling then was nothing like it is now, nor did it look particularly good on college applications, but my essay got me into what is now called Truman State University, in Kirksville, Missouri. After earning a B.A. in British Literature and Composition there, I went on to get my MA in English from Iowa State, where I also taught composition.
After moving to Texas with my husband in 1997, I worked in the insurance industry until I had my first of two children, at which point I left the corporate world and became a full time mother and writer. Since then I have completed three novel-length manuscripts, published articles in historical society journals and an arts-and-crafts periodical, and written several doctor profiles for a regional magazine. I'm currently in the middle of a rewrite on a historical novel based on the colorful lives of my great-grandfather, landscape painter Carl Ahrens, and his wife, a gifted artist and singer. My next book will take place in the Civil War era.
I am active on Facebook and less so on Twitter. You can also find me at Writer Unboxed, where I am an administrative assistant.
When not writing, I can usually be found reading, tinkering on my website, helping my older daughter manage her Zazzle store, and chauffeuring both children to their dance classes and recitals.