I grew up on a farm near Cedar Grove, Indiana, the second of eight siblings. I learned to read with Dick and Jane in a small two room school house, with no indoor plumbing! On my tenth birthday I received the book Little Women, which began my lifelong love of reading. (I still have that book, by the way.) I received my undergraduate degree from Marian University and graduate degree from Ball State University. I married my best friend Bill in 1973. We live on a farm in St. Leon, Indiana. We have four wonderful daughters and equally wonderful son-in-laws! They have given us thirteen of the most beautiful grandchildren. Bill and I enjoy hiking, sunsets, traveling and visiting our girls and grandkids.
I have taught grades four through K-1. My heart’s desire was to teach first grade. I began teaching first grade when I was forty. I laughed about God’s timing. I completed my teaching career in first grade.
I have always had a desire to write children’s books but not the time, as a retired teacher I now have that time. About fourteen years ago God gave me the idea for children’s stories about a llama named Nellie who has green fur! The first stories were on the back of envelopes, napkins, scraps of paper or whatever was handy. I still like to write it first and type it later.
I belong to the Society of Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and am part of a local critique group.
I am currently talking with different publishers to make this dream a reality. Please contact me if you are interested in learning more about Nellie.