Twelve bucks and a byline! My first published article paid ten cents a word and hooked me on storytelling. I’ve been an author, a journalist, a radio producer ever since. My commentary has appeared on NPR and my columns in newspapers and online.
My first book, Treasure of Taos, Tales of Northern New Mexico, won the National Presswomen’s First Prize for Fiction. These stories of heroic girls and magic animals take place in northern New Mexico during the Spanish colonial period.
The Story of Crazy Nora, my original radio drama about an historic Philadelphia character and the parish riot she inspired, aired on National Public Radio Theater.
Raised in a village on the Connecticut River, the mother of two, I have a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. I moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico to live out my childhood dreams of wide-open spaces. A real estate licensee in New Mexico and California since 1992, I enjoyed coaching people through real estate transitions
But I love fooling with houses even more. Now I live in Campbell, California, with Jim Tirjan in an old cottage I loved improving. I play tennis, garden and cook. All my dogs and horses have joined their ancestors except Wolfie who lives within view of the sea.