I live in northeast Ohio on a small twelve acre farm with two ponies, a few hens, a barn cat, two house cats, two old ring-necked African doves, a canary named Pavarotti, and my collie, Maggie. Although I’ve traveled to at least forty states and overseas five times, I’ve never lived further than eight miles from the house where I grew up. My roots are in Trumbull County going back to great-great grandparents.
I married rather young and had four children; two boys and two girls. A year after the death of my oldest son from cancer at age eighteen, I entered Kent State University as a non-traditional student majoring in elementary education. I loved the world of higher learning and took many more classes than needed for my degree, mostly in literature and writing.
After graduating, I taught third grade in Hiram, Ohio. I loved teaching this age level. They’re such fun at this age. While teaching, I pursued a Masters in English and also started writing The Blue Rose, the first in my Catherine Jewell Mystery series. I taught twenty years and then retired so I would have more time for writing and other activities I enjoy.
I belong to Sisters in Crime, a NE Ohio chapter of SinC, the Guppies, an online chapter of SinC, a Guppy critique group, several short mystery online groups, a local writers group, two book clubs and Facebook. Mystery Conferences I’ve attended are Malice Domestic, Love is Murder, New England Crime Bake, Bouchercon and Seascape, a mystery writers retreat.
Other interests of mine are gardening, music, plays, camping (including nine years of backpacking) daily walks in the woods, and just about anything connected with nature and I especially love reading. I can’t imagine a life without books.