At my high school graduation, I dismissed the English Award for the security of a piano scholarship. After receiving a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance, I spent the next fifty years teaching piano--at first traditionally, then by Suzuki Piano Method. Between responsibilities of marriage and motherhood, I maintained a large teaching studio, traveled to Japan to study piano with a master teacher, organized numerous local and international workshops, and wrote articles for professional magazines Suzuki World and Piano Basics.
After writing an allegorical novel, THE POND, self-published by Lulu.com, I began a serious study of fiction, first with Carol Lee Lorenzo, 1996 Georgia author of the year and winner of the Flannery O'Connor award for short fiction, and then with Emily Hanlon. I attended the Southern Literary Conference in Cashiers, North Carolina, where conversations with Fannie Flagg, Winston Groom, and Willie Morris inspired me to keep writing. When I joined Georgia Writers and participated in Southeastern Writers' Workshop in 1999, fiction teacher Mary Moran directed me to Rosemary Daniell. With Rosemary, author of SECRETS OF THE ZONA ROSA, and other book of poetry and prose, as coach I wrote THE DEVIL IN DUNWOODY, a full-length novel about a wealthy shop lifter and a PIECE GONE MISSING, a story of loss. I'm currently at work on a Southern novel entitled THE WIDOW OF THOMAS WALTER and a YA novel LUCKY.
This year I won The Hal Bernard Award for my novel A PIECE GONE MISSING.
In addition to attendance in Rosemary's monthly Atlanta creative workshops, I have been involved in retreats in the states and traded my culinary skills for enrollment in Zona Rosa writing workshops in France and Italy.
Family, travel, cooking, and teaching make my writing palette rich with stories not yet written.
I am a member of Mallory Street Writers,Southeastern Writers Association, The Women's Fiction Writers Association, and The Atlanta Writers' Club.