Thanks so much for your interest in my stories. In this busy world to think that someone is taking time out of their life to read my words is truly inspiring and humbling. I thank you.
I live in Colorado. I'm married to a very special man who's devoted himself to teaching and interpreting American Sign Language. His advice during the writing of these books has been invaluable.
I also have an incredible daughter who, as much as I still can't believe it, is in college. She's artistic and beautiful and can make me laugh like nobody else. As a child, she always had a fascination and appreciation for animals. During her "tweens" she developed a deep love of wolves. Observing that love translated itself into my initial idea for The Willow Series.
I'm so happy that Colorado is home to quite a number of animal rescue organizations; The Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center is one of our favorites. The picture below is from an event hosted by them. You can visit them here.
I am honored to have been featured on Sharon Pajka's blog, Deaf Characters in Adolescent Literature. Sharon is a professor at Galludet University and is currently doing her doctoral research "directly addressing the perceptions of the portrayal of deaf characters in adolescent literature."
You can find her blog here.
Hannah put together this video for one of her college classes. She was required to pick a subject that would show something that might be considered "American." She began researching and decided nothing was more "American" than the indigenous people of this country and since we live in Colorado she wanted to narrow her focus on the state. She was shocked as she researched the incident at Sand Creek and developed an even deeper respect and appreciation for what being an American might mean. I felt it necessary to include this on the website to coincide with the release of The White Cliffs of Owanka and as an homage to Native people everywhere.
The Sand Creek Massacre