Stories matter. The older you are, the more tales live in your heart and in your head. I write about Northwestern North American immigrants and pioneers, expatriates to the Far East, and my own love for Maine. Stories transport us through space and time — from there to here, from then to now. Stories reveal how things change, and how they stay the same.
After my Seattle, Washington birth, I spent the next five years in Shanghai, Honolulu, and Manila. The rest of my life has been spent in New York, New Jersey, Maine, and North Carolina.
My greatest challenge and reward has come from being the mother of five and grandmother of five. Parenting enlightened my insight into my own complicated relationship with my mother and fueled my desire to find out about my father, Hans Pederson in spite of my mother’s reticence. This quest became a passion later in my life.
My fiction and nonfiction writing includes two unpublished novels and a weekly blog. Formerly I enjoyed technical writing and editing posts pertaining to medical, environmental, and engineering issues. Earlier years included development work for schools and handicapped children. I graduated from Smith College with a degree in English Literature and spent one glorious summer as a seaside gardener in a resort on the coast of Maine.