With favorite writers like Somerset Maugham, Edith Wharton, and Henry James, I've always wanted to write. In my twenties I went to Hollywood to study screenwriting, but meeting a new friend, John Stelnicki, put me onto a different life path.
John had translated from the Polish a diary handed down in his family from a countess who lived in 1790s Poland. My obsession became making the story into a novel and getting it published. While teaching I worked on the project and the years passed, but I was supremely confident in the story's appeal.
Initially I self published and Piers Anthony, who seldom does blurbs, went crazy over it. Within a year St. Martin's Press took notice, picked it up, and asked for a sequel even before PUSH NOT THE RIVER came out.