I was raised til age 15 on a farm in Central Idaho. My dad was a Czech immigrant and my mom was an Oklahoma City business woman. I graduated from Gonzaga University in 1968 with a B.A. in English.
In the days before women routinely became street cops, I'd read a book about a woman who did that and decided that was for me. Beginning in 1981 I worked for 21 years as a police officer, first in Davenport then in Cheney, Washington .
In 2002 I hung up my gun belt and went back to school for a BA in Education so I could teach Criminal Justice at Lewis & Clark High School in Spokane. After three years of that, I decided that the public school system and I were not going to see eye-to-eye, so hung up my lazer-pointer and turned my attention to the martial arts school I'd established in 1998.
I'd studied marial arts since 1974 and, over the course of 34 years, earned a 4th degree black belt in Goju-ryu Karate. But I'd also, with my husband, team-taught women's self-defense based on the well-known "Model Mugging" system.
Since I'd first been able to put words to paper, I'd aspired to be a writer. So, here I am.