Growing up on a farm in the Willamette Valley Oregon, I rode horses by the river, drove tractor for the guys while they ‘bucked’ hay, and wandered through the woods looking for licorice ferns, salmon berries and wild blackberries. When it was dark or raining, I drew, painted and spent hours reading my Mom’s Women’s World magazine and my Dad’s Argosy and True magazines and making up stories. Then I discovered Mad Magazine—especially Don Martin’s cartoons—and Shakespeare, Coleridge, Poe, and Lewis Carroll.
Through all these years I have continued to write, paint and illustrate. I was co-editor of the small press magazine, Renaissance Fan, and published 2 cookbooks for caterers, Maws and Food Jazz. I also contributed to Columbia River Rock Art: The Butte Creek Sites and Echoes of the Ancients: Rock Art of the Dalles-Deschutes Region.
Today, I continue to write both fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. And, in the world of film, I am active as a scriptwriter and producer. I have degrees in Anthropology and Psychology and am intensely interested in mythology and cultures, especially the strange and exotic.
I am a member of SCBWI, Willamette Writers, Portland Screenwriters and Film, Women in Film, and Women Filmmakers for Equal Representation.