My passions include Speculative Fiction & SciFi/Fantasy, Arthurian lit and legends, the history and lore of the Pacific Northwest and the “Mythical State of Jefferson,” and everything I call “The Web of Wyrd,” which includes everything from comparative religion and mythology to Alternative History and Utopian/Dystopian visions.
I studied History in college. Why? Because I thought understanding the human journey was indispensable training for the worldbuilding aspect of writing novels. Epic novels. As long as I can remember I’ve wanted to write epic novels. If it took me longer than usual to get going on it, it’s because I was swept off my feet at a tender age by a wonderful man, and we spent the better part of the next three decades raising a large family. So I have more human experience to write about now than even a degree in History could offer–all gain.I met my husband Daniel on a U of I Study Abroad program in Austria, where we were exposed to world-class theatre, opera, and literature. Four decades, five states, seven cats, one dog, and six children later, Daniel and I live in beautiful Ashland, Oregon, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Weve lived in quite a few states and visited a dozen countries, but Ashland, the cultural center of The Mythical State of Jefferson, is the region of the Pacific Northwest I love so much I had to set my SciFan WIP in it, and begin inventing a mythology for it.