I was raised in the Willamette Valley of Portland, Oregon area. I've been writing since the eighth grade. I currently focus on fiction set in Oregon with romantic, mystery, quilting, and historical themes. My non-writing work history is varied, from retail to kitchens. My primary work has been as a counselor. I've lived in big cities, now treasure the simple life, living next to the beach and a wetland. Have lived on both coasts of America, and in the desert, where I attended college. I've married twice, have two children, four grandchildren, all grown. I enjoy traveling with my husband, John Port. I am an Anglophile, love American history as well. When I'm not writing or reading, I'm working in my garden, sewing, cooking, or opening the door for our two cats. I want to build a small chicken house and raise a few chickens.