My story starts in Germany, in the picturesque Bavarian town of Freising, not far from Munich. Just shy of two, I “crossed the pond” with my parents and older sister, and we began a new life in Toronto, Ontario. Two more sisters soon joined the family. I had an idyllic childhood. I was always “on the go,” exploring woodlands and farmlands, but I made time to “devour” a mountain of books. I also wrote a series of Nancy Drew-style mysteries.
Life accelerated. My teen years took me to four high schools in four different towns of Ontario. I went to university—Trinity College at the University of Toronto—and achieved a B.A. in modern languages. I married my soul-mate, Joseph Hare, and had three beautiful daughters. Life was good: homes in Pickering, Ontario, Cloverdale, B.C. and Kingston, Nova Scotia; interesting jobs in medical administration and sales; trips to Europe, Central America and the Caribbean.
In 1995, my first newspaper article (a humorous piece on the maple sap collecting methods of my husband) was published in the Halifax Chronicle- Herald. Sadly, my husband passed away in 2001. I moved then to Calgary, Alberta to be with extended family, and my children followed me there. In 2006, after a stint of teaching ESL in Ecuador, I started working on Alyda’s Bluff. Writing my debut novel has been a long, but satisfying journey. I hope, dear reader, that you enjoy reading the book as much as I enjoyed writing it!