I was born in Reseda, California in 19 . . . *cough, cough*. My family moved permanently to Grants Pass, Oregon when I was 11 years old. The year before then, we were bouncing back and forth via motorhome between Grants Pass and Reseda because my brother (older by 18 years) lived in the former and my sister (older by 16 years) lived in the latter. My sister eventually moved to Oregon and my brother to Washington. Though I was not born in Oregon, I think of myself as a virtual native. It’s my home, and I hope that it always will be. There isn’t another place I’d rather live . . . well, maybe except for Hawaii.
I have always been a creative person, throwing myself wholeheartedly into art projects as far back as I can remember. If, for some reason, I was no longer able to do anything of an artistic or creative nature, I would be miserable.
My first experience with creative writing came when I was in 5th grade. My teacher was very avid about the subject and required that we students write a new story each week. I’m pleased to say that I always got A and A+ on mine.
After that experience, I didn’t do any other creative writing until I was 25 and decided to enroll in the Institute of Children’s Literature, which offered a correspondence course for becoming an author of children’s books. I graduated from the basic course and enrolled in the Short Story advanced course. Alas, that proved to be a mistake, for I soon learned that I was not cut out to write stories under 1,000 words and ended up discontinuing the course. I regret that I did not choose the Novel writing course instead, which I’m sure I would have completed.
My life went off in another direction, and I never got into writing children’s stories, but everything I learned did not go to waste. I ended up using it later in a way I wouldn’t have anticipated. But more about that later.
In 1994, due to some fortuitous circumstances, I started a career as a freelance commercial graphic artist, though I’d had no formal training in graphic arts. A couple years after that, I expanded into Web site design. Again, I had no schooling or training in this and had to teach myself everything. All these years later, I’m still doing it. I love creating Web sites, especially when my client gives me free rein on the site design.
It was in 1998 that my writing muse returned to me in the form of fan fiction. It became one of my biggest passions, and, if I could have afforded it, I’d have stopped working and written day and night. Though I occasionally turned my attention to original fiction, working on and off on a two-book fantasy series, it didn’t “light my fire” like the fan fiction did. That series is still in my computer, collecting electronic dust. *sigh*
In 2005, I lost both of my parents, first my mother, then my father. It was a terrible time for me, and I found escape from the grief in my writing. It helped me cope with the pain and push it out of my mind.
It was in 2006 that I began work on an original science fiction novel. Unfortunately, my muse was still more interested in writing fan fiction, so I only worked on the novel sporadically.
In 2009, I made the decision to move to Salem, Oregon, one reason being that my sister lived there. It’s there that I’m living presently, though I think that Grants Pass will always feel like “home” to me.
Late in 2011, my interest in writing original fiction returned with a vengeance, so much so that my fan fiction writing has come to a complete halt (for now) as I turn all my writing attention on that sci-fi novel and other original stories. This leads me to the reason for creating this Web site . . . and the end of this little bio. 😀