Fell in love with books, words, and art as a child growing up in Eastern Kentucky. The rhymes from Dr. Suess’s Green Eggs and Ham and the colorful drawing of the tiger turning to butter as he sped around the tree in Helen Bannerman’s Little Black Sambo fueled her interest in words and art from childhood. Her continued interest in books, words, and art has led her to take paper and book art classes at the John C. Campbell Folk School and to participate in writing workshops in the East Tennessee area. She currently lives in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where she works as a geologist, is on the board of the Tennessee Mountain Writers and the Arts Council of Oak Ridge, and tends a garden of cats – Pumpkin, Tater, and Sweet Pea.
Lives on a farm in Loudon County, Tennessee, where, when she isn't gardening, she writes in a small attic study. She is the author of two novels for young people (The War at Home and Emmy), both recently reissued in soft cover by Tellico Books, an imprint of Iris Publishing, and two books of poetry, Slow Children Playing and Regret Comes to Tea, from Finishing Line Press. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including most recently Appalachian Heritage, Potomac Review, STILL, Drafthorse, Motif: Writing by Ear and Come What May, and The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume III, Contemporary Appalachia. Since 1978 she has written a personal column for The Loudon County News Herald. She teaches writing and other classes in literature for the Oak Ridge Institute of Continued Learning and leads workshops for various groups. She and her husband Richard, a retired engineer, have three children and seven grandchildren.