I’ve been writing since I could read. I love to tell stories, real or imagined, that take you away or reveal things you might have missed.
I also tell stories for entertainment. I believe reality is highly overrated and prefer escape and fun as often as possible.
My writing spans fiction and nonfiction, light-hearted to intense, covering business and the business of living.
I started writing early
When I was in grade school I wrote my first mystery story on a 3-inch notepad. I still have it along with the many stories I’ve written and revised since.
My first publication was as a photo-journalist for Cycle News, a newspaper covering off-road racing. My subsequent writing and publication includes being a stringer for the Billings Gazette, Great Falls Tribune and a columnist for the Bozeman Chronicle.
I’ve published articles in Big Sky Journal, Midwest Art, Sunset Magazine, Highlights for Children, and others. I’ve won writing awards from the Montana Institute of the Arts, been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, served as president for the Montana Authors Coalition, founded the Big Sky Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, was Book Project Manager for three book compilations, Editor/Contributing Writer for Yellowstone Country, GoldWest Country, Russell Country and Missouri River Country Travel Guides.
I’ve been a contributor in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reboot Your Life, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Divorce and Recovery, The Anthology of Cozy Noir, We’d Rather Be Writing, 21 Days of Christmas.
I wrote Camping in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming for Avalon Travel Publishing, Southwest Montana Auto Adventures for Canyon Publications, Skinny Budget Marketing, Comfort Verses and Divorce is not Destiny for Works by Design Publications. More books are in development.
I serve as editor for SW Montana Magazine and hold the Get Published Conference for Writers in Bozeman every year. In 2004 I established Works by Design, LLC, where I offer web design, technical advice and support for professionals and small businesses.
I love dogs (my baby, Trixie, goes everywhere with me whenever possible), mysteries, learning, and sharing what I’ve learned with others.
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