I grew up in Wakenda, Missouri—a town so small it no longer exists. (Yes, it's the basis for Cumberland in BILLIE STANDISH WAS HERE, but the similarities between the book and real life are purely geographical.)
I started out as a singer and appeared alongside Loretta Lynn once at age 13. At the time, she sponsored a nationwide talent contest. I was the Missouri-Kansas representative.
I earned a B.A. at Columbia College, then lived in St. Louis for 15 years.
I worked in radio and as an actor on stages and screens big and small.
In 1993, I moved to Minneapolis and live there still.
In 1999, my husband and I ushered into the world a baby boy we had the honor of naming after our fathers. He is my heart and my light and is growing into a truly wonderful young man. That opinion is completely unbiased. Of course.
Through it all, I have written. Poetry, songs, personal essays, books for people big and small. SEEING AMERICA will be my third book published. I'm working on the next three now.