My parents are the greatest source of my creative gifts. My “DNA dad” built the house I was born in, brick by brick. For years, after getting my art degrees, I enjoyed drawing the floor plans and furniture arrangements of imaginary houses. My first lessons in plot and character development came from my mother openly sharing elaborate made-up dramas about the ordinary people in her life. I credit her for fostering my earliest intentions to write a book. Now in her mid-90s, she is portrayed in three of my written works.
English Language Arts are my specialty. For seventeen years in the South Bay and Peninsula I’ve tutored 1:1 and small groups. I taught four years in classrooms at public and private schools. The ages of my students span from kindergarten through older adults.
As an aspiring author, my first short story,“Taking Off,” was published in an anthology. This story about a girl in her tweens, is currently being considered for an award in the Literary Stage competition at the 2019 San Mateo County Fair. Both of my children’s book manuscripts are entries and are soon on their way to an interested agent. In another genre, at the request of an agent, a single book manuscript is being divided into two book manuscripts. A flash fiction story about old age and a timely piece with pros and cons on a hot topic, are being polished for submission to zines. Future materials that await crafting occupy a four inch thick binder plus Word files and Google Docs.
My editing services began with academic papers and theses of college and university students. During the last eight years I’ve edited manuscripts of five books in various genres by individual writers and a writers’ collective. Several of the books are available on Amazon.
In Fine Arts, my studies are extensive and ongoing. I’m a practicing artist. At times, I’ve taught children’s art classes. Some of my drawings, paintings and soft sculptures have been in exhibits over the years.