about the author

aboutballs
I’m a Northwest native, having been born in Seattle and grew up both in Seattle and on Whidbey Island. I’m very proud of my Seattle native-ship and my Norwegian heritage, which makes me strong, independent and a little stubborn!

After high school I attended Washington State University and joined the Delta Gamma Sorority where I lived for the majority of my four years of college. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in English and Physical Education. I loved every minute of my time at WSU! Go Cougs!!

After graduation I went on to work in advertising for a local newspaper while teaching aerobics. I got the “teaching bug” and went back to school, receiving my Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in English Literature. I taught middle school and high school over the next twenty years, as well as creating the cheerleading program at a local high school where I continued my love for athletics and was the head Varsity cheerleading coach for over a twelve year period.

I’m happily married to my college sweetheart, Ted. We live on Whidbey Island with our two dogs, Penny, a Chocolate Labrador Retriever and Ellie, a rescued Chihuahua. We have two grown daughters who are both married and live in the Seattle area.

It had always been a desire of mine to write a children’s book, so after the many wonderful years of teaching and coaching I decided to retire and focus on my dream of writing! I love everything sand, surf and sun! I love exploring the beach on Whidbey Island where I live for special treasures and as a child I fantasized about meeting a mermaid on the beach. When my youngest daughter began to share my love for mermaids I knew I had to write Melanie and Salina’s adventure. So, A Mermaid’s Tale was born!

Next came a story that was divinely inspired and earthly created! No Lunch Money! is a story based on one of the Fruits of the Spirit mentioned in the Bible. It’s about young Casey Carson who is a boy trying to make it not only through life, but through one day of school! Casey is all boy! He’s a little rambunctious, goofy and trouble just seems to follow him, even when he doesn’t ask for it! In No Lunch Money, you’ll see Casey discover who his true friends are, what it is like to have friends like them, and that kindness feels good!