I was born on October 25, 1942 in a small Central Valley town in the state of California. In the sixties, I attended several colleges statewide, including San Francisco and Sacramento State Colleges, where I identified with the causes of the time, protesting the war in Vietnam, and fighting for civil rights for the disadvantaged. I majored in psychology, receiving my Bachelor of Arts degree in 1966. I later went on to attend graduate courses, completing a master’s degree in counseling in 1979.
After completing my undergraduate degree, I spent some time in graduate studies in between giving birth to three of my four children. I launched my career in social work in 1972, but took a brief sabbatical when my daughter was born, returning to work and graduate school simultaneously. When my second marriage ended in divorce, I spent several years as a single parent, struggling with the dual roles of parenting and career, facing many challenges along the way.
My career spanned twenty-seven years in the social work field, specializing in child welfare. During this time, I became a practitioner/mentor for other social workers. I retired from county social work on February 28, 2001; after a period of time as a consultant for the county, I took a position in a private foster family agency. After three years, I finally turned to writing full-time in October 2005.
I live in Fresno, CA, where I spend time writing, reading, collecting interesting objects, traveling, and spending time with my grandchildren.
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