2019 Reboot

Thanks for your patience in waiting for the second novel. I know it’s been a few years–four kids and the business of life can do that to writing schedule! Despite the challenges (and fun!) of life, I have been working on several projects. My beta team is reading a new book that happens in Almatia and I’m about half-way done with the second book in the HeartStone series. I look forward to publishing both in the coming months!

The Big Day

Twenty years of tinkering and now the day has finally arrived! The book is released for purchase on Smashwords and at Amazon!  Soon is should be at Barnes&Noble, Apple iBooks, Kobo and other sites.

I like the Smashwords release–it’s the proverbial 15 minutes of fame as the book gets top listing on the site–at least for a minute or two until the next book pushes it down.


DF SmashWords release


The Smashwords release is cool, but so is the Amazon one as it’s one of my favorite stores.

Amazon Release

I hope that this is the first in a long line of books that people will enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing!

1, 2, 3 Jump? More like 10, 20, 30*

Ten years in banking. I followed in my grandmother’s footsteps and took a job at a bank when I was in college. It was a great job. Started as a teller and moved to work new accounts and loans (“the platform” as my grandma called it). Then on to another financial institution where I became a loan officer.  I went through mergers and downsizing and all the changes of banking at the time. I wrote a few stories, but I was still in school, so most of my writing was for papers or at work for policies and procedures or marketing materials.

Twenty years in higher education.  I followed in my mom’s footsteps.  I worked at a university managing contracts and grants and everything else needed to make a research department run.  I returned to my old stories and tinkered with them as I finished a master’s degree, got married and started a family.

Thirty years in writing. Not yet there, really just starting, but with the publication of my first novel, I hope to spend the next thirty years writing. I hope you’ll be along for the journey.

*Numbers have been rounded to protect the innocent.