That I was blessed with an active imagination has never been under debate. As a child I loved making up stories and acting out adventures at my grandparents’ farm. According to my parents I even made up and acted out commercials for products in the grocery store as they shopped. But writing a book? No. Writing was for authors…magical and mystical people who could knit words together like a woolen scarf warming the insides. And many words…like 300 pages full of words. No, I was thrilled just to have my imagination stretched by the wonderful books created by others.
Then in college a friend introduced me to the Romance genre…an amazing friend indeed! I was hooked on such a noble genre blending history and romance! I could scarcely take it in! The summer of my freshman year, I tried (and I cannot express the word tried enough) to write a Western romance. I can only be grateful lynching is no longer an option in Wyoming, and the characters were imaginary as I’m sure I would have been the guest of honor at a necktie party for that effort.
So, for the next few years I concentrated my efforts on getting a BA in History and a MA in Naval Warfare. I got a job in the DC area working for a non-profit supporting the Navy’s museums. While there, I was inspired by a friends writing journey to try again. After college and graduate school, writing 300 pages didn’t seem as daunting. When I sat down to write my thoughts instantly turned to the West. To the people and places that while thousands of miles away still shaped who I am and inspired my imagination. And I’ve never looked back. I can’t imagine a day without writing and wonder how I lived so long not putting fingers to keyboard and turning the people in my mind loose on the page.
After six years in the DC area, I had enough of the big city and returned home to Wyoming. Centered in the communities in the shadow of the Big Horn Mountains, I write stories based on the people and history of this area that holds my heart. When I’m not roping, riding and rabblerousing with the cowboys and cowgirls who have taken up residence in my endless imagination, I have the honor of helping to preserve the history of Wyoming managing the artifact collection of a local museum.
I am truly blessed to be living in and writing about the Wild West!