I’ve loved story and reading as far back as I can remember. I learned to read before I ever attended school, and since that time, I’ve consumed one book after another. I’ve also written a few of my own, including my “Fat Man, Thin Man” story, written on folded and stapled typing paper when I was about 7; my own mystery with a character eerily similar to Nancy Drew when I was in seventh grade; and a young adult fantasy manuscript when I was in my early 30’s. Of course, I just had to major in Creative Writing when I attended Pennsylvania State University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts. A year after graduating and marrying my husband, Bob, I moved with him to the Washington DC area, where I studied textile arts while also writing articles for the in-house magazine where I worked.
After our move to Albany, NY and the birth of our three sons, I started my business, Nettles and Green Threads, weaving colorful, luxury rayon chenille wearables and throws for shops and customers across the country and in Europe, South America, and Japan. Clients included galleries at top resorts like the Greenbrier Hotel (WV) and the Broadmoor (CO), and museum shops like the Smithsonian’s Renwick. I still weave for a few select designers and customers.
In 2006, I published, Weaving a Woman’s Life: Spiritual Lessons from the Loom. The book won several awards, including a Bronze in the Self-Help category in Foreword Magazine’s 2006 Book of the Year Awards.