No experience is wasted, unless you fail to learn from it
I was a motherless daughter, but I’m also much more. I’ve been a scientist, a writer and editor, a teacher, a mentor, and an inveterate community volunteer. I’d like to think I’ve wasted none of those experiences and that I make good use of them in my writing. Science, writing, and teaching are great careers for the innately curious. My curiosity has led me down some fascinating roads!
I’ve been an active volunteer in programs that advocate for mentally ill adults, assist youthful offenders in finding jobs, promote literacy, and improve the well-being of those living with poverty and/or homelessness.
I was delighted that Mother of My Invention: A Motherless Daughter Memoir was awarded the Minerva Rising Press 2021 Memoir prize and was published in November, 2022. MRP’s mission to empower women writers is valuable, and I’m honored to be among those they’ve featured over the years.
I’m currently at work on a second memoir, Mommies and Babies Everywhere!, about becoming, in mid-life, a high school teacher to pregnant and parenting teen girls, without any teaching experience. I can confidently say my students taught me as much as I taught them!
I live with my husband and our two furry babies in Leander, Texas, just north of Austin.
Come visit my Amazon Author Page!
Selected Publishing Credits:
“Migration,” in Concho River Review, Spring/ Summer, 2022
“The Broadmoor,” One Woman’s Day website, October 19, 2020
“My Pandemic Bubble,” Real Women Write, Dec. 2021 (Story Circle Network Anthology)
“Keep Current With a Journal Club,” The Science Teacher, Jan. 2017
“Walking Home” in The Sun (Readers Write), March, 2010
“A Servant Story,” Lutheran Woman Today, July/Aug. 1998
Story Circle Network
Association of Writers and Writing Programs
National Association of Memoir Writers
Writers’ League of Texas
Organizations I Support:
Mobile Loaves and Fishes
Round Rock Area Serving Center
National Alliance on Mental Illness, Central Texas
Jail to Jobs