Author has written 45 stories for Voyagers!, and Hardcastle and McCormick.
Education and Work: I have been a registered nurse for the past 39 years. I worked for 20 years doing many different kinds of nursing, including emergency department, med-surg, geriatrics and occupational health. Eighteen years ago, after earning my Master's Degree in Nursing Education, I answered an add to teach in a high school of all places. My husband said, "why don't you go see what they have to say?" Guess what? God sure works in mysterious ways, because I have been teaching high school students about medical careers and running a certified nurse assistant program for them ever since. Not only that, but I love it, AND apparently I'm good at it because my students do very well on all the standardized tests and certification exams the state gives them.
Because of the acute shortage of nursing instructors in our state, I was asked to teach nursing students, so I also teach part time in the RN program at our local Community College. It keeps me current and I'm able to prepare my high school students better for the high expectations at the college level.
Volunteering: Along with my husband of 33 years (who knows where that time went), I volunteer three hours twice a month at a local non-profit in our town that supports people on the autism spectrum and their families.
Hobbies: I sing alto in my church choir and I especially love to sing four part harmony a cappella. It is a rare week that I miss church or choir rehearsal. I also quilt, though since I've been writing so much, I've been quilting less. I play guitar and piano, once in awhile I will play in church. I also love horseback riding, though I'm happy just raking manure out of a stall as long as I'm close to horses.
Family: My daughter graduated from college in 2009 and was married in 2012. She had a wonderful home birthing experience and gave us a beautiful granddaughter who is now 2 years old! She is happy and therefore I'm happy. As I said above, my husband and I have been happily married for 33 years, though sadly, he doesn't care for fiction of any kind at all, so it's hard for me to share my writing experience with him. But in every other way we are a great match!
About My Stories: I wrote stories for TV shows I liked when I was growing up, but never realized that other people did that too. (Who knew?) As an adult, I stopped writing, but then, in 2009 I found the show Voyagers! and started writing for it. It had the relationships of friendship and family, as well as time travel and an orphan, all of which I especially like.
Well, times had changed quite a bit and by then I was on-line, and I managed to find the Voyagers! fanfiction site. I read most of the stories, and then started posting my own after I was lucky enough to connect by e-mail with Mrs. Phineas Bogg, who not only encouraged me to post a story, but patiently taught me how. So, my journey as a published fan fiction writer began. I will always be indebted to her.
I have written a great many Voyagers! stories, but after awhile I started to think about other shows I have liked and one show that I loved was Hardcastle and McCormick. So, in 2013 I wrote a story for that show and quickly realized that there was an incredibly dedicated fan base. I have written many stories for H&M and have a few more in the cooker.
One thing I guess all writers learn is that writing for an audience is different than writing for yourself. When you write for yourself, you know what you mean, but for others, you really have to explain it to them, so they see it like you do. It seems obvious, but it is a lesson I learned since posting here. My writing has evolved in other ways too, since I've been posting here.
I've always been more interested in the relationship the characters have with each other, than with the plot. For me, the relationships are so important that they can easily overshadow the story line. I sometimes write scenes depicting some aspect of a relationship, something I want the characters to say, for example, and then fit a plot around them. Linking the scenes together into a coherent whole is sometimes a challenge and often a story will surprise me because it ends up a lot different than I intended in the first place.
I don't know if I should give it away, but, I am a sucker for a happy ending. So, even though bad things sometimes happen in my stories, they are there only so the good qualities the characters possess can shine through more brilliantly in contrast.
Also, my stories will never contain explicit gore, violence or slash.
Thank you for reading my Profile and my stories!
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