Author Bio



The face of retirement

We Dare Not Whisper is my first novel for adults, but writing has been at the core of my professional life.  I completed my undergraduate program at Upper Iowa University and earned my Master’s degree in English Education at Northeast Missouri State.  In addition to the thousands of comments jotted in the margins of student essays, I’ve written for a variety of purposes and audiences, including free-lance work for local businesses, university alumni papers, and amateur theatrical productions.  Primarily, I’ve spent 24 years sharing my love of reading and writing with hundreds of students.

The Skipworth Summer, my novel for young adults, was published in 2012.   Now, I am delighted to introduce We Dare Not Whisper (Brick Mantel Books), available in December 2015.  It examines the toxic legacy of a self-destructive family caught in a web of emotional debt.

I live with my husband in Robins, IA, where my favorite pursuits include spending time with my children and grandchildren, reading, writing, playing Mah Jongg, and volunteering for Gems of Hope, an organization supporting those suffering from cancer.

Author and Hubby