I grew up in Akron, Ohio. I'm published in academic and professional journals, but fiction gives me an opportunity to practice the art of storytelling. A PhD in organization development led to experience in the behavioral sciences and fueled a desire to write about interesting characters, real and imagined. I'm also passionate about history.
When not writing, you'll find me out in the community engaged in organizations that make a difference, reading and writing, traveling, mostly visiting historical places, or watching films from all eras. An ancestor of mine founded early Hollywood in the 1900's, so the love of films comes naturally. There is still disagreement among family genealogists if the Poe side of our family is related to Edgar Allen, but it could be a helpful gene.
I love reading about and experiencing history. My mother's family always talked about my grandfather, great aunt, and famous great uncle who died in one of the first aeroplane crashes. The three left rural Ohio, heading west in 1909. As I started investigating them, I found the potential for very interesting stories, including my grandfather's experiences in the Pacific prior to WWI and an ancestor who founded Hollywood California.
My first book, Yours in a Hurry, is a about strong women and men who embrace change ahead of their time. At the beginning of the last century, everything was changing so fast –and everyone was in such a hurry!
You'll read about historical events, cultural changes in America and abroad at the time of the story (1908-12), some of which our characters actually experienced, and meet historical figures from the period as well as some fictional ones created along the way.
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