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Though I wasn’t introduced to it until I was already an adult, I was quickly delighted by the wild imaginings of the fantasy genre. Some of my favorite fantasy books are ageless--Harry Potter, the Narnia Chronicles, Cinder, The Dark is Rising, and the humorous, fairy-tale-skewed Half Upon a Time series. Before I knew it, I was writing stories and books of my own, spinning out fantasy and adventure books for young people and screenplays for film and television.
My writing includes a wide variety of plots and themes; there are chapter books in a series with two tiny wizards and the siblings who help them, some adventures with an inexperienced dragon and the kids he kidnaps, a new Cinderella story with a twist, a young adult novel that explores issues of responsibility, controlling feelings, and sacrifice, and even dog and cat journals you can write from your pet’s point of view.
I am an award-winning screenwriter and children’s book author as well as a director.
With my screenwriting partner, Suzan Noyes, I won second place in the Oregon Film Awards 2014 for our screenplay, “Mission Implausible: The Undead Identity.”
I also won second place in the Literary Harvest 2013 sponsored by the Central Oregon Writers Guild for my picture book manuscript, “The Kite Builder’, a fable set in ancient China.
With my writing partners, I won first place in the 2012 Catalina Film Festival for our screenplay, Boarders. In the same year, we were given a silver award from the Oregon Film Awards and an honorable mention from the Mexican International Festival.
I am also a first-place winning juvenile author for the eBook, Dragon Cloud. I’m a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature. I’ve also studied with award-winning screenwriter and playwright, Cynthia Whitcomb, and I took numerous online courses at Screenwriting U from Hal Croasmun, the owner.
I’m a member of the ProSeries Alumni–an active online group of dedicated screenwriters, Willamette Writers, and the Central Oregon Writers Guild. I’ve been a judge for the Catalina Film Festival, the San Pedro International Film Festival and the Vail, Colorado Film Festival. I also directed stage plays, the most recent being the local hits, “Crazy About Me” and “Hot Spot in Pompeii” by Suzan Noyes. I also have an IMDB credit for the short, BIG.
What I want others to take away from my books:
While the premises of my books rely on fantasy as a vehicle, the characters have real problems they must overcome to succeed.
- Becoming an author
- Self-publishing your own work
- Marketing your books
- Writing books, screenplays, stage plays, and picture books
- Directing in the theater (4 plays)
- I’m the proud parent of two productive children
- Raising domestic animals (I’ve raised dogs, cats, horses, and a 150-pound goat)
- Imagination as your biggest asset
- Why did you become an author?
- How do you come up with ideas for your books?
- What would you tell budding authors about self-publishing?
- What would you want aspiring writers to know?
- Why do you write fantasy?
- Do you write in other genres?
- What other forms does your writing take besides books?
- What success factors should new writers know about?
- Where do you get your inspiration?
- Have you had to wrestle with writer’s block? How did you conquer it?
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