I created my website after publishing my début novel, PLATEAU: Beyond the Trees. So much that had been televised about the end of the Mayan Long Count calendar on 12/21/2012 left me wondering if we’d be alive when the sun rose on December 22nd! A large percentage of the programs focused on an impending apocalypse. I found this disheartening and felt compelled to write a novel of hope.
I’m a Registered Nurse and have worked in the areas of psychiatry, medical-surgical, hemodialysis, subacute, clinics, clinical trials, and health-facilities evaluation with the California State Department of Health Services. Between jobs in nursing I worked with Amnesty International, the American Red Cross, and Friends of the Earth; held several secretarial positions with colleges and universities; and assisted in managing a bookstore.
I’m also a singer-songwriter, have performed publicly in many different venues, and have been an animal rights advocate all of my life, founding and co-founding two organizations.
In my late forties I became seriously ill with a chronic illness and was forced to quit working. After many years of battling flareups and searching for a diagnosis, I finally got my life back.
In 1984 I became apprenticed to a medicine woman and have consciously walked a spiritual path since that time. The way out is the way in. My own experience has taught me that all we seek lies within, as we are microcosms of the vast All Knowing.
My publishing history includes book reviews; essays; articles in the fields of medicine and spirituality; short stories; inspirational articles; my children’s book, Gabby and the Quads; and my novels, Plateau and Vampyrie.
I’ve always been fascinated by the myth of the vampire and often have wondered if the phenomenon actually could exist. My background in medicine led me to speculate about how this might have a basis in reality. If rooted in science, how might this myth come to life? The most likely answer would be as a physical disorder or disease.
One day during my morning walk, the word Valkyrie came to mind. In Norse mythology, Valkyries are female helping spirits of the god Odin. They decide who lives and who dies in battle, and they assist Odin in transporting his favorites among the slain to Valhalla, the hall where he houses the dead whom he deems worthy of dwelling with him. In my novel, VAMPYRIE: Origin of the Vampire, Valkyrie becomes Vampyrie and Valhalla becomes the Haven.
When my niece gave birth to quadruplets in November 2012, I was inspired to write a children’s book. A child’s moral compass develops early, and I wanted to write a book that was ethically as well as traditionally educational. Although based on a true story, GABBY AND THE QUADS is a work of fiction.
Nature is my go-to tonic. Aside from writing, music, and animals, I love dancing, arts and crafts, exploring nature, and crossword puzzles.
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I invite you to share your thoughts and feelings on my blog posts. My hope is that we affirmatively broaden our perspective on what lies ahead for our species and planet. I look forward to meeting, sharing, and dialoguing with you.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Namaste, my friends ❤
I want to thank Countess Lucie Stastkova for allowing me to use her lovely photos on my website. She is a loving and generous person, as well as a gifted and multi-talented artist. Learn more about her and give her Facebook pages a like.