I write books, I read books, I publish books, I review books. It's all about books.
Writing fiction is my third career. I have written eleven novels, ten published so far, each one about and for women. Today, I continue to write, but I also publish books for other people under my indie imprint, Sunacumen Press (a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association).
I have a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State, a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, and an MBA from Regis University in Denver. I worked at small and mid-sized dailies before joining the Wall Street Journal as a staff reporter. After twenty years in journalism, I began my second career in corporate finance. I created Expedia’s first investor-relations program and its first cause-related marketing campaign.
I wrote my first novel, Putt for Show (out of print), in 2013 while still working full-time. After retiring, I wrote the sequel, Drive for Dough, and then Hacienda: A South American Romance; Professional Lies; and Thwack! My next project was two “smart girl” romances based in the Palm Springs boutique hotel industry: One Way to Succeed and No Way to Win. Then I wrote three novels (Gracie's Revolution, Jackie's Campaign, and Marcia's Revenge), The Johnson Station series, about a fictional town in Iowa and three of the "mature" women who re-invent their dying town and themselves after their careers and life plans have stalled. (All books available on Amazon; look for them at www.sunacumenpress.com.)
My latest novel,The Rebel Nun, is based on a true story of a rebellion by nuns in a female monastery in sixth century Gaul. It will be published in spring 2021 by Blackstone Publishing. I'm now on the second draft of another novel about late antiquity/early Middle Ages along the Rhine River.
I a past board member of the local Pen Women chapter and the publications board at Inlandia Institute. I am currently a board member at the Diamond Valley Writers Guild. I teach between 15 and 20 publishing workshops and memoir and fiction workshops at public libraries and museums in Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage, CA.
I was born in Iowa, have lived in eight states and four of the country’s largest cities, and now live in Palm Springs, CA, with my husband, Ben.