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Got my BA in English in 1985 at the age of 50 while working full-time at SIUE. My minor was creative writing & journalism. With the degree came a promotion from secretary to professional staff. My title was Managing Editor, Publications, but the big reward was the 40% salary bump, to the princely take-home of over $900 amonth.

I retired in Oct. '93, moved to the Pacific Northwest, eventually hired on as an office assistant at Seattle Central Community College. Retired in '03, moved back to IL.

In August 2008 two things happened. I developed uterine cancer, had surgery followed by radiation therapy. When I got home from hospital my mail included a positive response from a query letter I'd sent to an editor at Random House. He asked to see my novel "Adam's Mother."  He sent it back with excellent directions for revision. While I worked on it, the company reorganized, that editor moved on. That was the end of that.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is an online motivational challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Great way to do a first draft! My first try in 2007 was a learning experience and a how NOT to do it. Others since then worked out better.  

My published novel "Bloody Hell and a Slice of Pie," was 2012's NaNoWriMo - a biographical novel in which my divorced parents meet and talk it all over in the afterlife. I knew mother's life story, but had to send for father's WWII military records and this added a whole new facet to the novel, and to my understanding of the facts.   

From time to time I post excerpts or ideas for stories here on Blogit. The wonderful folks here respond with invaluable questions and suggestions. Reading and writing here is the lynchpin of my daily routine. 




Location: United States
Primary occupation: Retired
Dream occupation: Published Novelist
Hometown: Salkum, WA
Schools attended: Mossyrock, WA K-12, Southern Illinois Univ. @ Edwardsville
I like: NPR, Science Fridays, TED Radio hour & videos
Favorite writers: Vonnegut, Gladwell, Sherman Alexie, Louise Erdrich, Tom Clancy, Lee Child
Favorite books: On Becoming a Novelist, by John Gardner, The Four Agreements, dozens more
Favorite magazines: Writers Digest, Nutrition Action (by CSPI)
Favorite music: blues/jazz, rock & roll, bluegrass - anything live
Favorite movies: The Big Chill, To Kill a Mockingbird, In Cold Blood,
Favorite TV shows: Big Bang Theory, Barney Miller reruns, Family Feud
Favorite teams: St. Louis Cardinals Baseball
Favorite quote: There's more horse's asses than horses. (personal observation)
Gender: female

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