The dream of becoming a writer was always deep inside me, but life sometimes got in the way. I married too young at age twenty but still finished school with a BA in Literature and a Masters in Library science. My first job as a high school librarian connected me with teens. I formed a Fine Arts Club. Almost every weekend for two years, I raised money and took about thirty kids to plays, concerts, lectures, museums, and into my home to discuss literature. Then I got pregnant and spent the next few years raising our son. Later, I worked in a public library in charge of young adult services. Once again, I bonded with teens. They are the greatest ever.
The travel bug bit me hard. My husband and I started touring the world, taking my son with us. I visited thirty-seven countries–the more exotic, the better. I’ve camped in the bush in Africa and the outback of Australia, canoed down the Zambezi River with crocs and hippos alongside, gone deep into Borneo to play with orangutans, crossed the border into North Korea (only a few feet inside), climbed a tepui in Venezuela (the inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World). Divorced now, I helped Sherpas create the first hut-to-hut system in Nepal, formed a trekking company, and took clients to the Everest Base Camp.
Present during the worst storm in Nepal’s history, I was appalled at world press coverage of the foreigners who died with little regard for the Sherpas who also perished. I returned home to write their story and did so in fiction to gain a larger audience. Beyond the Summit was published in 2006.
Finally, I was doing what I’d always wanted until life interrupted again with some medical issues. All that is past now. I’m writing six to eight hours day and loving every minute.
The young adult novel about Casey and the Renaissance Fair is with a great agent in NY who will submit to publishing houses soon. I am currently working on another YA book about the first all-teen expedition to climb Everest.