Raised in the small Ohio town of Batavia, (20 miles east of Cincinnati) I grew up with the midwestern sense of practicality in all things. I loved writing, but knowing you can't make a living as a writer I went into journalism. When that didn't work out, I went into audiology. When that didn't work out, it was teaching. Finally customer service which paid the bills. Then I decided to try motherhood, and unlike Joan Crawford, I was pretty good at it. I live in Wilmington NC with my British ex-patriate husband Nigel and daughter Alysoun.