Born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley of California, I began kindergarten the year my sister left for college. With no nearby neighbors, I spent my time pursuing interests in music and the creative arts. I taught elementary school in the San Francisco Bay Area, Career Development with the Hawaii JOBS program, and Psych 101 in Indianapolis. Academic accomplishments include a Master's Degree in Music and a Ph.D. in Psychology. I began a novel, about a San Franciso psychologist, while waiting for my committee to approve my dissertation. My husband and I live in Virginia with our two rescue dogs, a husky and a black Lab mix.