About the Author

Originally from Syracuse, New York, I moved to Prescott, Arizona in 1972. After graduating from high school, I found jobs in Prescott were scarce to none. Through a friend's connection, I began a U.S. Forest Service career as a fire timekeeper for the Catalina Hot Shots. Fascinated by their line of work, I made the decision in 1976 to become a firefighter. What I didn't know at the time, was that I just became one of the first women to work on a Forest Service fire crew.

Over the next seven years, I worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Arizona, and the Bureau of Land Management in Alaska and Colorado.

After my career ended abruptly, I made a decision to attend college. In 1990 I graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. I returned to the U of A for a Masters Degree in planning, graduating in 1994. In 2001 I became a Registered Landscape Architect. In 2004 I became a Certified Arborist.

Since 2009 I've produced over a thousand articles about desert gardening, plants, and design. I have also written dozens of articles about writing memoir, and the challenges of publishing traditionally.

When in college in 1986, I wrote about my first fire. The professor was impressed, and asked to keep it for future classes as an example of a well-crafted story. Later I returned to the idea of writing about my firefighting career in 2009, and again wrote a short story. After sharing with friends and receiving positive feedback, I decided to turn the story into a full memoir. I signed a contract with Bedazzled Ink Publishing in 2017. Summers of Fire: A Memoir of Adventure, Love and Courage was released on May 1, 2018, and is available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, and select bookstores throughout Arizona.

I am currently working on a prequel.

Visit my blog on gardening and landscaping for the desert, Arizona Gardener, where I have plenty of information on growing vegetables and landscape plants in the desert.

As a watercolor artist, my watercolor gallery displays paintings for sale. Included in the gallery are paintings of Florida Ranger Station in the Santa Rita Mountains, where I spent a very memorable three summers on a 10-person fire suppression crew.

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