I grew up in Springfield, Missouri, on a steady diet of Bible stories and old TV westerns. Maybe that's why I like to write about the past.
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Or maybe it was Jo March in Little Women. She was a tomboy and bookworm – just like me. But somehow she managed to become a writer. And almost from the very beginning, that's what I wanted to be, too.

My first real job was as a newspaper staff writer on an old-fashioned Society page. I wrote about weddings and Girl Scout jamborees and old ladies who carved little statues out of gourds. Then I moved to South Dakota, where there wasn’t a market for Society page staff writers. So I began a career in advertising and public relations.

Over the next twenty years, I wrote about everything from Mount Rushmore to Water Piks, Navajo rugs to basketball shoes. Along the way, I lived in Kansas, Colorado, and Oregon.

In 1994, I left the corporate world behind and started writing books for young adults.  My first novel -- Ghost Horses -- was published two years later.  I also launched a second career, teaching professional and creative writing classes at universities in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon. 

I continue write Young Adult fiction, but in 2007,  I published my first book for adult readers:  Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer's Life.   This was followed in 2014 with the New York Times best-seller, Laura Ingalls Wilder's Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography

Like Jo March, I’ve become an “American authoress.” But the journey has been longer, harder, and more fulfilling than I imagined all those years ago when I first read Little Women.