II was born and raised in Idaho. My Father was a logger when I was young, so we lived in several small logging communities: Horshoebend, Crouch, Stibnite and McCall. When I was ten, he became a long haul truck driver and moved us to Boise. I was the oldest of six children and Mother put a lot of responsibility on my shoulders. I spent so much time reading, drawing and writing, that my Mother would ground me from them! Many times I felt that I was treated unfairly, but years later, as a new Christian, the Lord revealed to me that all of those things had worked together for my good! There were many skills and wisdom I had acquired that helped me as a wife and Mother.
I was the first in my family to go to College - I attended BJC for three years. In that time,the name was changed from Boise Junior College to Boise College and then Boise State University! I worked three jobs, plus wrote a weekly column for the Idaho Statesman about BSU to pay my way through. Due to the unfortunate decision of the President of a Savings and Loan to embezel from them, I lost the money I had set aside for my tuition so I quit College and went to work for the Bank of Idaho as Operations Secretary. During that time I met my husband, got married, and moved to Florida for four years. I worked at Barnett First National in the computer department until we returned to Idaho.
We have raised three wonderful children and were foster parents for twenty years through a program called The Casey Family Program. I began a Daycare in my home when our children were very young so that I could be a stay at home Mom. My husband quit his job seventeen years ago and joined me in running the Daycare, which we continue to do to this present day.
It has always been my dream to write stories that would draw people in the way I have always been drawn into the books I read. I am almost finished with a novel that I hope to have published within the coming year. My son Rob and I are presently working on a children's book, also. I illustrated a book written by my friend Diana Baird titled 'The Old Man Who Talked To The Trees'. It is a children's book about three trees that were planted by three Presidents at the Idaho Capitol Building at the turn of the century. They were removed during the restoration of the Idaho State Capitol Building and Idaho Woodcarvers transformed them into amazing items that are on exhibit in the Capitol Building. The book was published in December and is in bookstores at this time. It can be purchased online at www.PresidentsTrees.com .