That’s me in the Penn State Volleyball hat with my husband, Brian, and my kids Zach, Megan and Anna. This was taken shortly before we swam with dolphins during our last family vacation to the Bahamas.
What you will not read in the following description of my life is a long list of writing activities, degrees, publications, or awards. In my younger days, I felt I had something to say, but silenced my voice the moment someone told me my writing was horrible. I kick myself for letting that one person’s words have such an impact on my life, but I have now found my voice and a resolve to share it.
My dream of writing a novel wasn’t fully formed until my late 30s and now it is so close to reality I constantly pinch myself. I am where I am today because my parents told me and showed me that it is never too late to follow your dreams.
I was born in Minneapolis, MN, but moved to Seattle when I was 7. Just before I turned 10 we moved to Piedmont, CA where I graduated high school in 1991. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980’s had a huge impact on my social and world view.
From the temperate weather of the west coast, I traveled to the middle of Pennsylvania to attend Penn State University. After adjusting to the weather, I had the time of my life. I met my amazing husband in 1992 and after graduating in 1995, we ended up back in SF for a few years.
We relocated to the mid-Atlantic area when our son joined us in 2000. His sisters followed in 2003 and 2004. I spent 12 years working a variety of part-time jobs from my home so my primary focus could be on raising my kids. In 2011 I began a paralegal certification program and went back to work in 2013. I now work part-time as a paralegal.
In 2017 I ran for public office — and won! I started my four year term as the Nether Providence Tax Collector/Treasurer in January of 2018.
My hobbies include scrap booking, quilting, going to concerts with my tribe and working with my husband to make wine in our basement. I am a huge football fan and still can’t believe that our Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl Champs. The quickest way to my heart is a plate of nachos or a big pile of french fries. I don’t eat gluten simply because I feel better without it and I don’t like chocolate — unless is it so covered up by other flavors that I don’t taste it (aka York Peppermint Patty).