I have been a voracious reader since grammar school. Those years were spent in a two-story, brick building that housed first grade through high school. By the age of 12, I had read almost every piece of fiction in the school library, the most memorable of which was Jane Eyre. Many years later, and fter becoming an empty nester, I returned to college, receiving my BA degree at the age of 56 and Master’s degree two years later. I firmly believe one is never too old to go back to school.
I am a 21-year member of Romance Writers of America, and although I enjoy writing, my true love is editing and critiquing manuscripts and reviews. So far this year I’ve edited over 160 reviews by a variety of reviewers and critiqued a couple of manuscripts. Most of the jobs I held while a member of the Federal Civil Service dealt with writing – letters, newsletters, regulations, and procedural instructions. I’m currently working on a piece of women’s fiction in a hit or miss fashion.
Married to a retired military man from Illinois, I have lived in exotic Thailand as well as Illinois, Mississippi, and Texas. I am a 6th generation Texan on one branch of my family tree, at the least a 3rd generation Texan on the other branches, and typically, am excessively proud of my heritage. I have worked in many career avenues but ended up a civil servant for the US Air Force. Fifteen years ago, my husband and I retired to the beautiful hill country of my native Texas where we plan to live forever. We have an adult son and his wife still living in Illinois.
My favorite past time activities are – you guessed it – reading and writing. I typically read at least four books a month, sometimes more. I also enjoy handwork such as knitting, crocheting, and embroidery. I was once an avid gardener, but now days do mostly container gardening. We are active in our church.