I am a perfect example of how it is never too late to change your life. After spending all my energy on my career as a physical therapist, I found myself with a bunch of degrees, forty years old, two little kids, and completely burned out. I took some time off to just be a mom and breathe into the moment of my life.
I picked up a project I started when I was 25. it was a fiction book about a girl named Elizabeth who goes to live at a lighthouse in Maine. back then, I wrote it as a short story, which promptly got saved to the hard drive, never to be spoken of or seen again. Who was I to think I could be a writer?
When I finally had the time to figure my life out, that story started nudging me, 15 years after I shelved it out of sheer embarrassment. That's one great thing about being forty, you don't embarrass nearly as easily as you once did. I started writing it again, and it was exhilarating. Every morning in the dark, every naptime, I wrote. I didn't know what I was doing, but I knew that I was changed. I finally found the thing that inspires me. Or it found me.
Now, that little project is a full novel, published and available on amazon. I am in the final stages of my second book, Daughter of The King, about Isabelle, a 17th Century Huguenot who helps establish the colony of New France. And I am happily working on my third book, set in 1969 Oregon.
I write because I find the process thrilling, and I cannot imagine my life without it. I love reading historical fiction, so I love writing it, too. I have many more books in me, just waiting for their turn to take center stage.
Born a California girl, I now live in Bend, Oregon where I can often be found hiking and enjoying the amazing trails and landscape of the Pacific Northwest. I live with my husband, two children, and two dogs, sharing the love of Oregon and finding inspiration in the world around me for my writing.
I hope you enjoy my stories as much as I truly loved writing them.