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I still remember the first story I ever wrote. It was called "The Ghosts Of Carmelita Drive" and was inspired by the headlights that would sweep across our living room at the top of a hill every night as we waited for my dad to return from work in San Francisco. 

I grew up reading Madeliene L'Engle's books--all of them, not just the Time Trilogy. I also read Betsy and Tacy, The Little House On The Prarie, Nancy Drew and Choose Your Own Adventure Romances.

The first time I ever read an entire book in one day was when I was 13 and my mom gave me a copy of Rebecca on a snowy day at our temporary home in the mountains above Colorado Springs. I just had to know what happened next. To this day, I adore a book that grips me from beginning to end. They are the books I aspire to write.

I'm currently working on two projects: A memoir I'm writing about my love story with my late husband and the excruciating and infuriating events that eventually lead to his suicide.

I'm also working on a novel based on the thrilling love story of my great-grandparents set against a corrupt LAPD in 1930's Los Angeles. This project has gripped me on every level as I uncover real and imagined secrets held both by my family and by the characters inspired by them. I simply can't wait to share it with you. The beginning of this novel was lovingly workshopped at The Community Of Writers at Squaw Valley.

In addition to being a writer, I love to help women cultivate their self-confidence so they can follow all the dreams they think they must keep on hold while caring for others. I'm so passionate about helping women that I spent a year getting fully certified as a life coach so they'd have a reason to listen to what I have to say. I believe every woman out there is selling herself drastically short. When we finally start to own our own space, we're going to uplevel our whole world in ways we can't yet imagine.

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