Lover of German Shepherd Dogs, about whom I write. Live in metro Atlanta area. Happily married to my husband of almost 40 years.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in metro Atlanta and am a product of the "New South." In my home, to be rude was just as bad - or worse - than murdering someone. Curse words were for people who didn't have a decent vocabulary to express their feelings. My parents were superb grammarians and loved books and the English language. From my mother, I inherited a love of trees and could not live without them. Just as my father did, I hate cold weather. My favorite season is autumn. My parents enveloped my sister and me with love, kindness, books, and respect for education and other people.
When did you first start writing?
Reared in a home full of books, I began writing as a young child. I remember writing a letter to the horseback riding stable where my parents had kindly given me riding lessons when I was eight years old. I wanted to buy Silver, a wonderful horse, for whatever money I had at the time. That didn't work. My father said I could have a horse when I grew up and could buy one of my own. I did. I attended journalism school at the University of Georgia, but never worked as a journalist, having diverted to the profession of counseling.