I was born in a small mining camp in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. I started the first grade as a five-year-old. There were not enough children for kindergarten and first grade. I was excited because now I could learn to read and write. My father was a miner, so we moved to many camps. To keep busy I learned that the library could be your best friend. I spent hours reading and looking at books. I won a writing contest in my seventh grade. I finished high school in Washington State. The only class I knew I could get an A was English Literature. My husband and I raised three children. I made sure they liked to read and write their own story. I have a great passion for writing children’s books. We have children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren who give me inspiration.
A Collection of Short Stories has something for ages three to young teens. Young children will enjoy “Buster Bunnie’s Thanksgiving.” Mrs. Bunny sends Buster to the woods to pick berries for Thanksgiving pie. Buster gets into trouble.
In “Mila the Little Turtle,” Hudson gets Milla for a birthday present. Mom ties a balloon on a string and around Milla’s shell. Suddenly the wind picks up the little turtle and she flies away, landing in a tree.
“Time and Time Again” is a fun way to create a story using one word like “time.”
Children will enjoy the “Brief Encounter,” It is the story of two little mice, Eek and Click, who live on a mouse pad at Microsoft.
“Captain Pookie’s Big Adventure” is a story about Captain Pookie, his pet parrot Thatch, and his pet snail Roscoe, who lives in a potted plant on Captain Pookie’s sailboat. The Super Sloope.
A favorite story for young girls is “The Magic of Snowflake.” A white kitten with magical powers arrives on a moonbeam at the home of Emma. The kitten wants to show everyone how to be happy and to love each other. Grandma Jan makes a pink scarf for Emma and one for Snowflake. Years later, Snowflake goes back to heaven on a moonbeam. Emma puts her pink scarf around her neck and holds Snowflake scarf to her cheeks. A bright star is shining in heaven. Emma knows her kitten has completed her journey and everything became magical.