I was born and raised in Thunder Bay, (formerly Fort William) in Canada. I had an old-fashioned childhood: kids played in the street, milk was delivered by horse-drawn wagons. From age three, I rode these horses every day. After a brief stint in the RCAF, I came home and worked at Chapples Department store's window display dept. I worked the famous Santa Claus shows designing and constructing sets and floats. Then I moved to Winnipeg, where I worked first, as a cocktail waitress, then as a commercial artist. Next, I attended the University of Winnipeg, as an English major. I moved to San Francisco and went to Lone Mountain College, an adjunct to the University of San Francisco, on a Drama scholarship. I was selected to audition for a year’s training at San Francisco’s Repertory Theatre, ACT, (an alumnus is Nicholas Cage) and I won the audition over 200 others. (I performed 16 lines of Shakespeare’s Cleopatra and 16 lines of William Inge’s Come Back Little Sheba).
Next, I spent one year in Alaska working at an ad agency as a media buyer and copywriter. (When I had to leave Alaska, I was hired at the New York office of this agency as a copywriter, but due to circumstances beyond my control, couldn’t accept the position). I moved to New Orleans (my spiritual home town) where I spent the next 30 years, most of the time owning and operating a film and video production company. I functioned as writer/director on over 100 productions mostly concerned with Big Oil offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. I won a national USA award for one production titled All Washed Up concerning the beach litter problem. I also established a stud farm and bred Egyptian Arabian horses. I wrote a column, Hoofbeats, for the Times Picayune, and hosted a live radio talk show also about horses. I was named “Horsewoman of the Year” for my efforts in publicizing the horse industry. During that time my first novel, Between Extremities, was published. In 2004 I moved back to Thunder Bay and my second novel was published—a mystery, set in Louisiana, titled Hot Blooded Murder.
I live with my cat, James Bond.