up in a very small town in Indiana. There wasn’t much to do, so I spent my time reading, writing short
stories, and of course, because I’m a Hoosier, attending high school basketball
games. As I was growing up, my family moved
around a lot but always stayed in the small county. My favorite house, which my parents rented
for a year, was a Gothic-Victorian built in the 1870s.
As a teenager, I loved to climb up to the
tower room and write. In college, my
favorite class was “Creative Writing”. At that time, I wrote science-fiction stories until the professor pulled
me aside and said I needed to write about what I know. This is what I have done in my first novel
The Cats that Surfed the Web. I now live
with my husband in a Queen Anne Victorian house built in 1897; it’s a “painted
lady” with four colors in the paint scheme. I’ve spent many hours restoring my beloved house. And we have lots of cats, mostly “rescues.” We rarely say “No” to a sociable stray that
shows up at our door.