Five-year-old me, frowning, in the uniform of a French Catholic parochial school in Ottawa, Ontario. My parents enrolled me so I could learn to speak French. I promptly left at the end of the second week, hitch-hiking home to the astonishment and horror of my parents, never to return! And French? I learned the alphabet and a couple of songs, which I remember to this day.
Since moving to SC, I have performed in one production with the Spartanburg Repertory Company and one with the Spartanburg Little Theatre, preferring to put more effort into writing.
My last full-time position was with an IT firm here in Spartanburg as the Project Coordinator for a team of terrific, highly skilled IT experts.
My husband and I now make our permanent home in South Carolina. Best achievements? I'm the proud mother of a great son and daughter, Jim and Jennifer, a grandmother to lovely Kathryn Sophie, and the wife of a loving, wonderful (and funny!) man, Richard.
Born in British Columbia, Canada, I grew up in B.C., Ontario, and Quebec. Emigrating from Canada to Daytona Beach, I attended the University of Central Florida and received my Bachelor of Arts degree, graduating Summa Cum Laude. I am happy to claim both Canadian and American citizenship.
After teaching in Daytona Beach, the Florida Keys, Avon Park, Normandy Private School, and Miami-Dade County, I became an Education Consultant for Computer Curriculum Corporation.
Concurrently, I founded and was president and executive director of Dormouse Productions, Inc., a non-profit 501-C3 organization. The product was two soft-cover books about historical districts in South Florida I wrote, illustrated, and distributed free of charge to schools in those communities.
While living in South Florida, I had great fun acting, singing, dancing, and creating set and program designs for the Key Biscayne Music & Drama Club and a couple of others in the area. Another great experience was teaching for three months of the year for three years at the Miami Museum of Science: art and drama classes.
Following my teaching career, I was a technical writer for three corporations, then a writer for the Newspaper in Education chapter of The Miami Herald. In 2002 I wrote a series called "Open a New Window", 39 Character Education stories for elementary and middle-grade students with activities and Teacher's Guide, published in many newspapers across the country. In addition, I was the "Broadway Babe" writer for TicketNews.com for five years.
—A 5-year stint as the Broadway Reporter for TicketNews.com —Humor and Human Interest columnist for iEyeNews.com from time-to-time
—Author and illustrator of numerous series of articles and tabloids for The Miami Herald Newspaper in Education Chapter
—Author of the Open a New Window Character Education Series featured in newspapers across the country, thirty-nine 1,000-1,200 word stories for Elementary and Middle Grades supported by a Teacher’s Guide and activities (subscribing information available upon request) —Author and illustrator of Opa-locka, Baghdad of the South for Dormouse Productions, Inc., a 501-C3 non-profit organization
—Author and illustrator of The Story of Key Biscayne and The Little Theatre That Could, also for Dormouse Productions, Inc.
—An occasional poet, watercolor landscape artist, portrait painter in oils, and sketch artist in pen-and-ink