I was born and raised in a small town in western Pennsylvania. Since I was young I had an imagination that used to get me in trouble at home. In high school I had a nickname--"the storyteller". As a young adult, I took writing classes and began writing short stories. When my children came along, I put my writing on hold. When I retired from the medical profession, my daughter encouraged me to begin writing more again. I took some of my stories to a writer's critiquing group, who motivated me to publish my first book. I have since published two more, and I'm writing another. I have always wanted to write for children and youth. I enjoy writing books that use the imagination and teach a lesson. The Hidden Portal to Wren was inspired by the fictional world I had created around nature and its amazing balance. It’s the second book in the “Keys of Being” Trilogy.