I am an Ohio-born speculative fiction writer living in north central Florida with my husband and dog. (Odd facts: I used to live near the home of Duck Tape. Later I lived near the home of Nylabone. Now I live near the home of Gatorade.) When moving, I lose my gardens, but not my love of plants and nature. Inspiration often comes during the time and from the places I walk.
I was a short-term member (just two months!) of the Cajun Sushi Hamsters writing group in Cleveland, and of the Writers of the Weird in New Jersey, and am member-emeritus of the monthly WriteShop Critiqe Group in Columbus. Anything I manage to accomplish is because these fine people have beaten the bad habits out of me, while instilling good writing habits in those places. In 2013, I attended the Viable Paradise Writers’ Workshop, becoming a member of the 17th class (wee!).
Many authors have influenced me, and I have many favorites. A short list would have to include Nancy Kress, Octavia Butler, Mary Robinette Kowal, Charles de Lint, J. R. R. Tolkien, Pearl S. Buck, Peter Mayle (yes, the Provence books), David Brin, Anne McCaffrey (her Pern series, naturally), Sherri Tepper, and the travel essays of Jan Morris.
In addition to reading, writing, and walking, I love travel, cooking, and quilting (my grandmother would be proud). And chocolate, of course.