I grew up on the East Coast, moved to California after college and enjoyed over thirty years as a teacher and elementary school principal in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since retirement, I have focused on travel and writing. I am a founder and current president of the Napa Valley branch of the California Writers Club. I have written a Q & A education column in the Napa Valley Register twice a month for two years. I've written feature articles on a number of local topics, including the Napa food scene and have published humorous essays and memoir online. My first book, My Leash on Life, Foxy's View of the World from a Foot Off the Ground, is a memoir narrated by my dog.
When did you first start writing?
I have always been a writer, most often at times of turbulence and transition. I was on my high school literary magazine and kept a journal from my teen years forward. As a school administrator I did a lot of boring writing--newsletters, reports, etc. Only upon retirement did I find the time to be creative and I love it!
What's the story behind your latest book?
I adopted my dog, Foxy, after my husband's first brain surgery, to be a companion for him when I went back to school that fall. I immediately took a great interest in figuring out Foxy's point of view about everything. What did he see, think and feel as we were out on our walks and hanging out at home? He was so timid when we brought him home from the shelter, what had his first two years been like? How had he been harmed? The writing started as my attempt to create a backstory and reveal what Foxy might be thinking about his humans and the world. It ended up tracing our journey through illness and loss, along with a lot of dog-centric humor. How DO we stand on our two hind legs all day without getting really tired?
With a dog's perspective of the world, Foxy shares his life story and his views on topics that only a dog knows. Lost and abandoned, then rescued by Jay and Ellie, over time he grows to trust his humans. Through adventures that include trips to dog parks, the beach, obedience class, and various road trips, he shares humorous observations about the behavior of humans and animals.