I was raised on a farm in Illinois and attended schools in a town of less than 2000 hard-working, industrious characters. Like many of my peers, I married young, had three beautiful children, and divorced in my 30's. As luck would have it, a girlfriend introduced me to a fabulous single man who married me with my three teenaged children and has stuck with me through all the ensuing drama in our lives. Together we finished education goals; he with an MBA on top of Engineering, and me with an undergrad in accounting and a graduate degree in Human Resources. My most rewarding career experiences were when I was in business for myself, working with small business owners, and eventually teaching online for DeVry/Keller Graduate School. My life has been a roller coaster of experiences with challenging jobs and moves to many parts of the Midwest and South. My writing will reflect many of these personalities as I create my stories for you, my readers.