A native Kansan, my desire to write was born in my senior year at Topeka High School, where I enrolled in a journalism class in the fall of 1951. After graduation, I couldn’t afford to attend a university with a journalism school. So I remained at home and enrolled in Washburn University, where I met my husband, Glen, who received an Air Force commission that took us to Texas, Montana, Bermuda, Idaho and Ohio.
Over the years, I wrote gratis for various organizations and publications, although I earned $40 for one article. When I went to work for the Madison County Record, a weekly newspaper now called the Madison Record, I eventually became its editor. After retiring in 1997, I put writing and editing aside. That is, until my daughter Alison prodded me to write Once Upon a War-The Diary of a Waiting Wife . Not long after publication of this Vietnam memoir, I took an interest in writing for children. So far, this has resulted in Little Hal – A Pygmy Hippo in Danger and KANTU – Unsafe in Africa.
I am the mother of five, grandmother of 19 and counting, and great-grandmother of two.