I have been writing for as long as I can remember, starting with a goofy fable when I was in the second grade, which I illustrated as well. Then came the mega historical epic in sixth grade fashioned after my favorite hero at the time, the Swamp Fox, (played on TV, by the late Leslie Nielsen). After reading The Scarlet Pimpernelin the eighth grade, the French Revolution caught my fancy and there followed another great saga.My life-long love of early American history can be traced back to early childhood and the many family vacations up and down the east coast, where my Civil War buff father photographed me and my sisters perched on cannons at every major fort and battlefield from Canada to Virginia. Authors get their ideas in a variety of ways. For me, it’s been dreams, very cinematic dreams that stay in my head long after I’ve awakened. Sometimes it’s a full-blown story, but mostly it’s a collection of cryptic scenes that need to simmer on the back burner while my muse (when she’s not vacationing on a sunny beach somewhere) adds seasoning and substance to the mix.While I always wanted to write, I indulged my need to be creative in college by majoring in dramatic arts, which led to a short-lived acting career in the Big Apple. I then went on to earn an MFA in acting, got married, taught drama at a small all-girls liberal arts college in Indiana, had two beautiful kids and settled down. During those years, I dabbled in careers in advertising, publishing, self-employment, and higher education reform in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. All the while, I wrote, first on the same manual Olivetti I pounded while in high school, and college, then on a Sears electric typewriter before moving into the digital age on a Commodore 64 and daisy wheel printer.. A Bronx native, I grew up on Long Island and now live in Central Connecticut with my teacher/director/playwright (and soon-to-be retired) husband and our two dogs When not writing, I enjoy cooking, gardening, photography and graphics, music, and rooting on my favorite sports teams..