It wasn’t until after taking early retirement from my career at a large insurance company that I found what I call my “dream job” working at Scholastic Book Fairs. I have been an avid reader all of my life, and having hundreds of Young Adult books at my fingertips at Scholastic rekindled my love of that genre. One of my lifelong goals has been to write a novel, and after one of the important scenes in “COOPED UP” came to me in a dream, I knew that I wanted to write a Young Adult novel built around that scene. “COOPED UP – A Factory Farm Novel” is my first novel, but I am planning to write a series of factory farm novels. Now retired for the second time, I enjoy reading, writing, playing computer/video games, travel, photography and spending time with my family and friends.
The publication of this novel was interrupted by a battle with ovarian cancer. I was diagnosed in November, 2013, and after having major surgery and three chemo treatments, I am happy to say that I am now cancer free. My illness made me more determined than ever to publish “COOPED UP” and I encourage all of my readers to pursue their dreams, no matter what they are.
I enjoy writing about current issues that matter. “COOPED UP” not only demonstrates the cruelty of factory farms, but also touches on the danger of texting while driving and the emotional stress of teenagers who enjoy the feeling of cutting themselves.