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I've always enjoyed writing. From my early teens, I turned to writing to express myself and to clarify my thinking. I kept diaries, and wrote short stories and poetry. In college, writing research papers was a challenge I loved to take on. At UMass Amherst in the mid-1970’s, I worked as a secretary to Chinua Achebe, celebrated author from Nigeria. Our office was across the hall from visiting professor, Shirley Graham DuBois. This was when I first learned of the achievements of her late husband, Dr. W.E.B. DuBois, and the seed was planted for my first book. 

It wasn’t until the early 1990’s, that I started writing that book. I was working in the Reference Department of my hometown Library, when I was laid off due to budget cuts. I boldly made a proposal to Joanne Weisman Deitch, the owner of a small publishing company in Lowell. Discovery Enterprises published my first book, W.E.B. DuBois: Crusader for Peace, as well as my second, Pride and Promise: the Harlem Renaissance.  Before the second book went to print the Library called me back to work.  

It was a routine reference call at the Library that planted the seed for "Derailed," my latest work-in-progress. The caller asked about a circus train that derailed in West Chelmsford in the early 1900’s. After doing the research to answer her question, I couldn't get the story out of my head. Over the years I found more details from books and old newspaper accounts. I even interviewed an elderly neighbor who shared his first-hand account of seeing performers from the Wild West Show at the train station the morning the train derailed, May 24, 1911. Soon after I retired, I brought all my research together and wrote my current work-in-progress, "Derailed." I look forward to sharing this story.  

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I worked many jobs before I went off to college, like picking strawberries, scooping ice cream and babysitting. I spent a couple summers working in the last textile mill in Lowell where I made enough money to take my first trip to Italy and work in a summer theatre on Cape Cod. I graduated from Emerson College in Boston (BA Theatre Education) and attended film school and grad school at UMass Amherst and Boston University.   

Over the years I wrote for several newspapers and did PR in the healthcare industry. In 1986, with small children at home, I worked at my hometown library as a Reference Specialist. That job evolved into a full time position in the Library's Community Services Department. I retired in 2016, as the Assistant Director of Programming & Community Relations.

Since retiring I have found time and energy to complete several manuscripts that I set aside years ago and to begin many new projects. My husband and I have three children and four granddaughters.​  I am a founding member of Chelmsford's Climate Action Team, a member of the MA chapter of Elders Climate Action, the Learning in Retirement Association (LIRA),  the Chelmsford Art Society, the Arts League of Lowell, the Chelmsford Friends of the Library, and a long-time member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

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When I retired from the Library, I took up pottery and painting and discovered how visual art informs the process of writing. It teaches me to stop worrying about perfection, to become comfortable with ambiguity, and to enjoy the process and have fun. I let the clay tell me what to make of it. Sharon Levy, my pottery teacher, often said, "We work best when we get out of our own way." She also emphasized that, "Your pottery should tell a story."When writing, I try to step back and let my characters tell me where they're going. I discovered painting a few years ago and, when I'm not writing, I paint in acrylics and oils. My painting teacher, Denise Rainis, echoes the same advice Sharon gave. "Your painting should tell a story." Writing teachers often advise, "Your writing should paint a picture for your reader." Painting, writing or building with clay are all ways to express ourselves and tell our stories. Our stories help connect us with one another. 

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Art Updates

The pandemic gave me time to learn new skills. I taught myself  how to "paint" on my new iPad Pro and experimented with iMovie to merge paintings with my poetry. It's so much fun!

"The Trial"


Experiments with my iPad Pro


More Artwork


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