I was born and raised in Wyoming--the land that I love. Being a first child and having a phenomenal mother, I was read to all the time. I entered my first "Young Author's" contest in first grade. When I won, I was able to meet the author of a children's book (I now have no idea who this was).
I was a quick reader and I loved to write. I wrote a lot of poetry and entered poems in National Poetry contests. When I heard one of my poems was published in a book I was quite excited. I later learned that EVERYONE's poems were published in that book and it was only a ploy to get people to buy the $50 book, which of course, my family did not buy.
It didn't deter me though. I became the editor of my high school newspaper, won the Wyoming Journalist of the Year award, and went on to earn a degree in Journalism from Eastern Washington University. I worked as a reporter, columnist and features writer for three community newspapers. I also worked on short stories and continued my ever-expanding personal journal. It is several hundred pages and covers over 20 years of my life (which I am sure no one will EVER want to read).
I then took a major life break to, well, start my life. I got married to my best friend and we started a family. I kept up my journal, but didn't do a whole lot of writing otherwise. That was until I had my first baby and delved into Growing Up Gracie. I wrote it and didn't touch it again for several years. Finally I pulled it out and got back into the swing of writing and I have been going strong ever since.
I have a wonderful husband and four children who put up with my addictive love of hobbies which change frequently: photography, writing, baking, writing, genealogy, photography, running, writing, etc. etc. I usually can only focus on one thing at a time.
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