Adopted at birth, I lived my first twenty years on my parents’ agricultural farm in rural southern Georgia. A public school music teacher for twenty-seven years, I continued to dabble with sideline interests in spite of my paid profession. Playing in my first band at age fourteen, I seem to almost always be involved in at least one. My writing began in high school, publishing in local newspapers, then educational journals, then later in online fiction journals. In 2008 I enrolled in the MFA program at Spalding University in Louisville, where upon graduation I finished my second novel manuscript. Recently retiring after eleven years as a high school chorus and drama director, I currently live in north Georgia with my husband, an ever-growing library of used books, and many adopted animals.