Growing up in South Central Kansas in what could be referred to as a cultural desert, I spent my time reading and writing and trying to learn to look at the world differently than those around me, appreciating the beauty of a swirling dust devil or using my imagination to fantasize about a secret kingdom of fireflies. I began writing poetry and short stories in elementary school, where I was asked to read some of my creations to younger classes.
In high school, I was hiding a notebook on my lap and scribbling story ideas instead of paying attention to algebra. This behavior was usually met with ridicule and disgust by my conservative classmates, but I decided long ago I didn’t need to care about what those people did or said. I never shared my writing with anyone until, finally, I was able to enroll in a creative writing class during my senior year. Our small group learned to appreciate each others’ unique outlooks on the world in which we live.
In college, I studied literature and creative writing, as well as music, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Kansas.
These days, I attempt to weave writing and marketing into the tapestry that is the life of a working mother. I crave more time to start and finish the dozen projects I have in mind, whether they are stories, drawings, researching, or sewing projects.
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