I was born May 13, 1940, in Salt Lake City, Utah. My ancestors crossed the plains with the prophet Brigham Young in 1847. I’m a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
As far back as I can remember, I loved to read and write stories. I always wanted to publish a book.
In May of 2011, just a few days after my 71st birthday, WiDo Publishing Company published my first memoir, In the Mirror: A Memoir of Shattered Secrets, the story of my journey with a homosexual husband, the father of my children, and with an alcoholic husband, both deceased; and with a brain-injured daughter, Jen, who can’t walk. I’ve been her full-time caregiver for over thirty years.
I was forty-one when I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from Brigham Young University. Seven years later I got a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from George Mason University. Over the years I’ve taught literature at the college level, been a proofreader, tutor, and editor, and have published and won awards for stories, poems, and essays.
I have four children and eight grandchildren, some of whom live not far from where my middle daughter Jen and I now live in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. In April of 2019, I published a second memoir: When Jen Came Back, My Journey to Christ. I still like to read and write stories.