I used to cut out pictures of people from the Sears catalog, paste flannel on the back to make them stick to a flannel board, and make up stories about them. It was my favorite pastime.
I received a degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. My goal was simply to learn how to write.
I have sold articles, essays, poetry, short stories (sometimes in collaboration with my husband, P M F Johnson) to such places as The Washington Post, Cooking Light, East/West and The Santa Fe New Mexican, among many others. I have also worked as a secret shopper and as a professional food taster, and have shown my painted furniture in art galleries.
These days I am doing what I still love most, writing novels and stories about women who struggle against great odds to achieve a worthwhile goal.
I am married to P M F Johnson (www.pmfjohnson.com) an award-winning poet and novelist.