Greetings and welcome to my website. I've been writing books for the last thirty years. I write for all ages and in a variety of genres. If I had to come up with a slogan for what I hope to achieve in my writing, it would be something like: beautiful books for curious people. I've always been attracted to books, especially beautifully written and designed books. So that's what I try to achieve when I write and publish a book.
I don't have a degree in writing (most writers don't). My undergraduate degree is in comparative religion, the most impractical of all degrees. I used to chide my parents when they asked what I'd do with it: "Why, I'll be the head custodian at a church, what else?" My next degrees--M.Ed. and Ed.D.--were much more practical and allowed me to spend most of my adult life in the world of education.
I began life as an elementary school teacher (life after college, that is). I spent two years in an alternative school, and then the next five years in a public elementary school--both of them in the cozy town of Bozeman, Montana. After I received my doctorate. I moved to Chicago and taught in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies in Curriculum & Instruction at National-Louis University. I'm now emeritus and no longer teaching, but I still write.
Over the last thirty years I've published almost thirty books. My first adventures involved writing picture book texts for young readers, probably as a result of my years teaching elementary school (I still love the way young readers respond to books, with such glee). As I matured in my writing, I began to write for different ages and in different genres: nonfiction for upper elementary, fiction for the middle grades, autobiography/memoir for adults.
Oh, and please be forewarned, I'm currently revamping my website, so if you come across an empty or unfiinished page, or a misspelld word (oops), please excuse the mess. I should be finished by early summer (it's not a lot of fun, so it is slow-going). Navigating the website isn't too difficult, just click on the headings on the left side of the page, both the main headings and their respective drop-down subheadings should have information on them (if not, well, they will by mid-summer). Thanks for your patience.