I’ve loved story, reading it and writing it, as far back as I can remember. When I was six or seven, I wrote “Fat Man, Thin Man,” on folded and stapled typing paper. In junior high, I wrote a mystery with a character eerily similar to Nancy Drew.
I read myth and fairy tale and mystery and classics.
No surprise, then, that I majored in Creative Writing when I attended Pennsylvania State University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts. After graduating and marrying my husband, Bob, I moved with him to the Washington DC area, where I worked at an insurance company and contributed articles to their in-house magazine. I studied textile arts with a local artist.
We moved to the Albany area, after the birth of our first son, for my husband’s new job. Two more sons were born, and in that time I learned to weave. Years later, I received a Master’s of Fine Arts in Fantasy in fiction and weaving. During that process, I wrote a young adult fantasy manuscript.
Looking to sell some of the scarves and other textiles that came from my looms, I created 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.
Through all this, I continued to write, mostly articles for a crafts professional magazine. 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. Ironically, I stopped weaving professionally in 2007.
By then, I was also coaching other creatives on the creative process and on the business aspects of being a creative. In the fall of 2009, I sent out my first digital newsletter, Divine Muse-ings, that continues to arrive in readers e-mail every week except Christmas week.
I joined writing groups like the International Women’s Writing Guild and Romance Writers of America. In December 2018, I launched my first published novel, In the Land of the Vultures. In March of 2019, I celebrated the publication of Tarot for the Fiction Writer, a non-fiction book that shows you how to use the tarot as a tool for storytelling and the creative process.
I am at work on more books. And I am helping other writers create theirs as well.
Because whether I am helping other tell their stories, doing intuitive work, or writing a new novel or nonfiction book, I am a storyteller.
Once upon a time…