I am a writer and author but started out in classical music. After years of piano lessons in my hometown of Jefferson City, Missouri, I received my Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. I was planning to pursue a career as a classical choral composer. I studied German and music history in Salzburg, Austria, at the Universität Salzburg Summer School, then went to New York for graduate studies at Mannes College of Music.
While working in the performance and administrative sides of the music industry, I spent much of my spare time watching the ships in New York Harbor. In 2004, I signed up as a volunteer at the South Street Seaport Museum and was soon hired to write about the museum’s ships. That led to sail training classes aboard a 19th-century schooner. My interest in tall ships and historic houses grew while giving museum tours. I joined the Working Harbor Committee of NY/NJ and was one of the dockside volunteers for the New York portion of the 2006 Godspeed Sail to commemorate America’s 400th Anniversary.
Professional organization memberships include the National Writers Union (NWU), Authors’ Social Media Support Group (ASMSG), and past membership in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
My YA novel, The Unicorn Tree, was first published in 2012 but after that contract with the publisher ended, I revised the novel, got a wonderful cover design created by Ada Frost, and the revision was published in May 2018. In June 2018, the short story collection, A Lazy Day Anthology-1 was published to raise money for children’s medical research by Bugs2writes, a writers’ group in the U.K. I am not a member of that group but feel honored that my story, The Grass Patters, was included in the book. Two of my short stories, A Season for Christmas (2010) and The Signature (2011) won a People’s Choice Award for First Place Fiction from The Storyteller – a quarterly writers’ journal. The short story, Ghost Inn (2013), was included in A World of Possibility, a collection of stories by authors of ASMSG.
On the nonfiction side, I am currently working on an article about Thomas Jefferson and music for an upcoming history journal. I have written more than 200 articles about museums, landmarks, and historic ships that appear online, and have written several classical music history articles for CMUSE.org – a music news website.
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