I have always LOVED to write. As a child, I also read constantly. The library was my favorite place to hang out on a Saturday. I think I wrote my first book when I was 7. And at 11, I used to write soap operas in school, during school, and I never got caught.
I was born and brought up in Utica, New York where I lived the first half of my life and now live in Sauquoit, NY in a 200-year-old house on 4 acres of land. I have 8 grown children and 21 grandchildren. An elementary school teacher in Utica for 13 years before retiring in 2006, I have a Masters Degree in Reading and Elementary Education.
This is my seventh career. I started out as a mail girl, was a bank teller, made and sold quilted items, was a mother, an elementary school teacher, and now an author, illustrator, and publisher.
These are my first novels: Erie Canal Cousins-2007, Three Weeks in Utica-2008, Albany Homecoming -2009, Canal Town Christmas-2010, and Stars Over Buffalo-2011. They are set in New York State/ Erie Canal in 1840. I also did the illustrations in the books, some patterned after my children and grandchildren. To check them out click on the “My Books” page at the top.
I started my own publishing company, Blackberry Hill Press, in 2007. Some of my books have traveled as far as California, Florida, Oregon, Maine, New Hampshire, Minnesota, North Carolina, Washington, Canada, and England.
I am delighted to be doing this right now…..fulfilling a lifelong dream of mine to become a published author. I also visit schools, libraries, historical societies, and groups to discuss history and my books. I LOVE to talk to children. They are so open and expressive, and appreciate every little thing you have for them. I guess that is left over from my teaching days.