I got my break in publishing when I "jumped from a perfectly good plane" and wrote about the experience in a community college workshop. The Oregonian bought the essay, even though it was 200 words too long. I haven't jumped out of anymore airplanes, but have gone on to publish and win awards in romantic fiction, and contribute a monthly newsletter column, "Working the Web," for the local Romance Writers of America. When my Mt. Hood Community College mentor retired, I stepped forward as the part-time instructor for the Professional Novel & Memoir Writing Workshop program. I divide my time between mentoring the latest group of writing talent and working on the next novel. Currently a member of Willamette Writers, I live in Oregon with my husband and four-legged friends.