I'm a native of Western North Carolina, home to the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and some of the most gorgeous views in the world.  I'm proof that you can take the girl out of the mountains but you can't take the mountains out of the girl. No matter where I live, I always miss the mountains.

I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in English with honors in creative writing and then pursued a career as a professional journalist for over 20 years, working in print and television journalism.

 

My lifelong interest in archaeology led me to a mid-life career change. I earned a second degree in anthropology at Western Carolina University followed by a Master’s Degree in Medieval Archaeology from the University of York in the UK.  I know! I know it sounds crazy, but it was one of those things I just had to do. I try to go back to the UK to participate in excavations as often as I can. I love to stay in York, my favorite city, and volunteer with the York Archaeological Trust.

 

https://www.yorkarchaeology.co.uk/

 

Here are two of my favorite places to stay in York:

http://www.adamshouseyork.co.uk/

https://www.bar-convent.org.uk/

 

Right now I'm writing an historical fiction trilogy, THE MARGARET CHRONICLES, composed of three novels, The Solitary Sparrow, A Pelican in the Wilderness, and An Owl in the Desert. The novels are told in dual timelines, in 14th century England, France, and Germany and in the twentieth century. It's fascinating, it's hard, and it's fun. I love getting stuck down rabbit holes finding facts that will add to my story and authenticate my characters and location.

 

When I'm writing, I'm usually surrounded by my cats Tuffy and Snickers and my yellow Lab Sally. Sally is like a toddler -- she follows me wherever I go. The cats don't care as long as I feed them.

 

I'm happiest when I'm writing and the magic moment occurs -- the words sing and the hairs go up on the back of my neck. It's been a long road, but I'm pleased that at long last after two marriages, two children, nineteen jobs, three college degrees, and twenty-seven moves (one of which was abroad), I have a room of my own in which to write. Virginia Woolf would be proud.

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Snickers proves that cats will sleep anywhere.