I grew up in a commercial greenhouse in the Northwest, USA, in a small town in an arid valley surrounded by forests. The business was a joint effort between my parents and grandparents. It was a lot of work and my grandfather, mother and father spent most of their daylight hours and their nights during the winter keeping the plants alive. My grandmother raised me and my little brother.
I’m tall, much taller than my friends. In high school, my two best friends were five-foot one and five-foot two. I loomed over them and socially felt out of place. I met my future husband in my junior year in high school. He told me I was model-tall, and I was, and the other girls were just jealous of me. I’m not sure about that last part.
By the time I reached the sixth grade, my grandfather had taught me the Latin names of the plants in the green house as well as those of the trees and many of the plants in the forest. No one should be surprised to hear my first college degree was in Botany. Several of the plants in the Herbarium at Oregon State University bear my name as the contributor.
I continued my education in the Graduate School at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During my final oral exams, I think I made the professors nervous – I was nine months pregnant. Six hours later, I gave birth to my third child, a girl.
But one thing has always been consistent – at almost any time of day you can find me squirreled away with a science fiction book. In elementary school I cut my baby teeth on Heinlein. Now my science fiction library is nearly 900 books. It would be more, but I love reading many of them over and over again.
One of my favorite fringe Sci-Fi authors self-published a book that I thought could use the help of a copy editor. So I offered my spare time to his next project. He asked me to prove I could write, to pen the second chapter of a new book without telling me what was in the first chapter. He liked my writing and would give me chapters to revise and add to. About a third of the way through, he asked me to finish the book and he went off onto another project. This was the seventh book in the series and ended up the highest rated book in the collection – 4.5 stars, and sold thousands of copies. Huh! I’m forever grateful to him for convincing me I could write.
One thing graduate school teaches every student is how little they really know. I was under no illusion I was a polished writer and spent the next five years studying and practicing.
My first solo book, The Immortality Trap, is out and can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, AbeBooks and in several other bookstores in eBook, paperback and hardback formats. Even in Germany! A second book, Justice Demands, is about forty percent written, and the plot of a third, as yet untitled book, the second book in my Immortality Series, is being refined. I welcome you to “Look inside” The Immortality Trap.