I am a former social worker who doesn’t want to “write what I know.” Instead, I write about strong women of the Old West whom I research deeply and whose territory I travel. I find the courage, perseverance, and strength of the characters in my work inspire me to continue on the difficult path to publication.

Originally an east coaster, I live in Northern California, an area rich in beauty and history. There are many stories yet to be written here but my fascination is with the American Southwest and the Rockies. My stories reflect the years of 1880-1920 in tales of hardship, political turmoil along the US/Mexican border and across the seas. An age that moved by wagon trains and flying machines; that saw the world shrink with the expansion of radio, newspapers and telegraph; an age of fights for female voting rights, the loss of Native Americans lands and rights, and of “strange fruit”, the lynchings of Blacks.

Against this backdrop, I have posited tales of women of adventure, bravery, independence; these are women some would say are “ahead of their times” but in the long march of history there have always been such women. Look to early mythology, folk tales and epics, poetry and song. What makes us human and female has always been with us through time…it’s just that sometimes we are more vocal and easily recognized. I hope you will enjoy visiting with me as I share my writing processes, how research has brought excitement and richness, and occasional excerpts of these tales rooted in the past.

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  1. Your posts are always such a pleasure to read! Clear and concise writing full of nuanced word choices and cogent content about subjects I didn’t even know I needed to explore. Thank you for brightening my day.

  2. Arletta, hello former co-worker, and how are you these days? I retired in 2010 after 20 years with the county, and within a year joined a writer’s group in Sebastopol, the Insurgent Writer’s Group that meets at the Senior Center. My attendance has been intermittent, as my inspiration for writing has been… I feel in transition, from what was to what will be, unsure of what is next… but interested in what will unfold. Are you currently in Arizona this Easter 2013? I have been wanting to go somewhere warmer, but love my home in the redwoods of Occidental…

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