I was born in Ft. Worth, Texas. My dad was in the army so for the first ten years of my life so we traveled a lot. We spent six years overseas, first in Japan then three years in Iran. The experience living in Iran had its positives and negatives. In a country where everyone has dark skin, hair, and eyes, our family (3 blondes and a red-head) stuck out like sore thumbs. Though we may not have fit in, we learned a lot about the culture.
I was starting the fifth grade when we moved to Pennsylvania for good. I went to High School in Mercersburg, PA and graduated from a vocational school in Chambersburg, PA where I studied cosmetology. After graduating, I started working in a hair salon. I now have been a hairstylist for thirty-five years. I maintain a job working in a hair salon while also providing my services in a retirement home twice per week.
I am fifty three, a single mom, with two daughters. Both of my daughters are married. My oldest is twenty-six and lives in the same town that I do. My youngest daughter lives in Alaska with her husband, a US Army soldier, and my four year old granddaughter. They expected to move in May but don't know where yet. I have visited them in Alaska three times; it is beautiful.
I have been writing for twenty years. I began writing mostly short stories. About four years ago, I took a creative writing course which inspired me to turn my short stories into novel. I want to focus on my writing now that my children are grown. I have published one of my stories entitled “A Woman’s Dream.” I hope to publish more books with your help.
The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. is funded by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, (MSAC), an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for the MSAC is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes that a great nation deserves great art. Additional funding is also provided by Washington County Government and generous businesses, organizations and individuals.
The Washington County Arts Council is a proud member of County Arts Agencies of Maryland, Maryland Citizens for the Arts and Americans for the Arts.