A native of Bonne Terre, MO, I am a career journalist, having worked at various newspapers, doing general news and sports in Missouri and Oklahoma. My dream was always to be a published author, though -- a goal I finally achieved.
I got my BA in history/political science with a minor in English at Central Methodist College (now University) in Fayette, MO.
I went back to school in the early 2000s and got my MA in history from Southeast Missouri State University.
I was born in Kaiserslautern, West Germany, where my dad (a First Sergeant in the U.S. Army) was stationed. We returned stateside when I was going on three years old. I lived my entire life from then until 2004 in the southeastern quarter of Missouri. I lived and worked in Oklahoma until returning to Missouri in October 2016.
I accepted Christ in early 1973 and spent much of the 1990s as a volunteer church youth leader.
I enjoy reading, watching movies, writing fiction, posting on Facebook, following politics and playing APBA baseball. I live with my very spoiled part-Siamese cat, Ginger Grant, who has me well-trained by now. My bucket list includes visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, seeing a game at Fenway Park and visiting the battleship Texas.
The second edition of my popular Ste. Genevieve house tour book, The Commandant's Last Ride, originally published in 2001, came out in May and has gotten good feedback. I have held several book-signings.
New photographs have been taken of many of the buildings. In some cases before & after photos are shown.
Updated information will be included on several buildings that have undergone restorations since 2001. In some cases new information on houses' histories have been uncovered, as well.
The book will have more pages of building photos and text, with several historic buildings added that were not included in the first edition.
I am excited to be launching The Commandant's Last Ride in conjunction with several exciting thnigs going on in Ste. Genevieve: The opening of the Sainte Genevieve National Historical Park, the Ste. Genevieve Museum & Learning Center and the River Rapids Water Park.
The Commandant's Last Ride for purchase on this website. Various local merchants are als selling it, including Steiger's Jewelers, Sassafras Creek Originals and Les Arts. My Young Adult fiction books, the Higgins Point Mysteries series, will continue to be available on this site as well.
Book 3 of the Higgins Point Mysteries series, Buried Secrets, is due out sometime in October. Book 2, Underground Terror, came out in February 2019.
I think my first written fiction was in third or fourth grade, when I wrote a short story about Dr. Frankenstein and his monster. I got called down for cackling out loud in class as I worked on it.
My first completed manuscript was another teen detective story, written back in eighth grade.