History and fantasy have always fascinated me, and I love writing in a combination of those genres. I was always an avid reader, and one day I decided to write. My son was studying the Civil War in school, so I chose that conflict as a theme for my first novel, Dream Again, Die Again. I wrote about the same family in Live Again, Love Again, in which a teenage rebel living in the present time learns firsthand what life was like in the 1800s. My third novel, Drifting Again, features the same family, but the central role belongs to Miss Ludy, a slave with a special gift who played a small but important part in the first two novels.
Another of my interests is preserving family heritage. My book, Finding Your Ancestors, offers information on searching for your own heritage, and how to care for family heirlooms if you are lucky enough to be a recipient. I was fortunate to have a mother who kept everything pertaining to our family, whether it be personal letters or memorabilia.
My idea of a perfect morning is working a crossword puzzle, cup of coffee in hand. Puzzles from the New York Times are often frustrating, as they get more difficult as the week progresses. Thatís when I decided to publish Crossword Puzzle Dictionary, which owes its foundation to my motherís notebook of handwritten clues and answers. I expanded the entries over the years, especially to include foreign words and the names of gods and goddesses.
I am a widow living in northern California, with three terrific children and several grandchildren. I enjoy watching football (go Nebraska Cornhuskers!) and playing competitive games, particularly cards, when Iím not working on a new project.