I live in an old farmhouse in central Oklahoma – the first in my town built with indoor plumbing. I’ve got a husband, three kids, two cats, one dog, and poultry in the backyard. I spent more than a decade working as the editor at the small newspaper before beginning work on my young adult novel, Pairs.
I’m a graduate of Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva. I’d like to set a novel there someday – I can already picture the scene that will take place above the theater where the bats live. I’m not knocking it – I love my alma mater. It has character…not flaws.
I’ve had work published in the Tuttle Times, Minco Minstrel, Chickasha Express-Star and other newspapers. I’m not sure of all of them because articles I wrote were regularly submitted to other newspapers owned by our parent company, cnhi. I received numerous awards through the Oklahoma Press Association and Associated Press.
I’ve also been published in Oklahoma Today magazine and in Reader’s Digest.
I homeschool. I try to be all cool and natural green living but I fail a lot. For instance, I put my children in cloth diapers, but we’re as apt to have lunch at McDonald’s as not. I play the clarinet every year in the NWOSU alumni band at homecoming. I play the oboe in my kids’ homeschool band. I like acting, but I haven’t been in a show in ten years.
Water is my favorite drink. Plain water. At restaurants I pull the lemon out and leave it to dry on the saucer.
My sister Marissa died in late 2009. She was my best friend and we were very close. I am not over it, but writing helps. I don’t think I’ll ever really be “over it.” I’m not sure I want to be. I wish she could have read my manuscripts. She would have liked Pairs.
I am a Christian. I lead the children’s department at my church. I’m trying to read the Bible in a year. Thanks to the YouVersion app, it’s going pretty well. I’ve read it through once before, but it was years ago, when I worked in radio.
I like letterboxing. I like getting pedicures. I like Broadway musicals. I like writing, ha ha.
My other obsessions (in no particular order):
- Frozen (especially Prince Hans)
- Mad Men
- Game of Thrones
- House of Cards
- Arrested Development (especially G.O.B.)
- Charlie McDermott as Axl Heck
- Andrew Rannells as Elder Price
- Candy Crush
- Professor Snape
- Ron Paul
- Oklahoma (history and exploring)
- Religion (some more than others)
- Jesse Pinkman
- Family History
- She’s Having a Baby (my favorite movie)
- Cadbury Mini Eggs
- Tumblr (especially the Prince Hans fandom community)
- Learning Norwegian and everything Norway-related (see top bullet)
Past obsessions (whom I look upon with extreme fondness, like an old lover):
- Groo the Wanderer
- Parker Lewis Can’t Lose
- Leonardo DiCaprio
- News Radio
- Soap (the TV sitcom, not the cleansing product)
- 30 Rock
- The Simpsons
- Speed Racer
- Alvin and the Chipmunks
- My Little Pony
- New Kids on the Block
- Cloth Diapering