Welcome! Whether you're a first-time visitor or long-time friend, I'm glad you found your way here. I'm a writer who's inspired by the people, places, culture, and history of the Midwest.
One of the best things about writing is the opportunity to share experiences with readers. The stories in my memoir and my historical novel encourage readers to recall their own growing up years and the lives of their ancestors, whether they 'grew up country' or not. Because of the stories readers share with me, I've developed a deep appreciation for the value of preserving everyday stories - the fabric of our lives and culture.
Simple Truth - A novel
In SIMPLE TRUTH a woman gets the job of her dreams only to find her client may be exploiting immigrant employees. With each new revelation, she finds herself questioning not only the client but also herself. Ultimately, she must answer, How much is she willing to risk to help someone else?
On the Blog
The senators who met with President Trump when he used “tough” language by his own account, racist language according to others, faced a character challenge. Speak up or not? Speaking truth to power is no small thing. As we all know, there may be serious consequences. Careers ruined. Reputations destroyed. Social connections broken. Family relationships…Read More
I turned on the car radio last week and was surprised to hear the announcer introduce me. The Iowa Public Radio interview, which focused on growing up in Iowa, had aired in October. The now-taped interview fit for the holidays. I smiled at the timing since I published my memoir Growing Up Country, Memories of…Read More