Duluth Faces
Me with my friend and mentor, Sharon Kay Penman who gets all the credit (or blame) for starting me down the path of writing.  (photo coutesy of Paula Mildenhall)

About Me

I used to live my life as an unsuspecting part of the reading public.  I grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and then after attending college in Iowa, moved to Washington, D.C.  Spending my days in a Georgetown law firm just outside downtown Washington, D.C., by all outward appearances I was a paralegal working in international trade and then antitrust law.  I liked books, and I read them often, but that’s all I was: a reader of books.

When my husband and I got married, I moved to the Minneapolis metro area and found work as a corporate paralegal, specializing in corporate formation, mergers & acquisitions, and corporate finance.  Again, by all outward appearances, I was a paralegal and a reader of books.

And then one day, while on my lunch break, I visited the neighboring Barnes & Noble and happened upon a book by author Sharon Kay Penman, and while I’d never heard of her before, I took a chance and bought the book.  That day I became a reader of historical fiction.

Fast forward a dozen years or so, and I had become a rabid fan of Sharon Kay Penman’s books as well as historical fiction in general.  Because of a casual comment she’d made on social media, I wrote Ms. Penman a ridiculously long review of her latest book, Lionheart.  As a result of that review, she asked me what would become the most life-changing question: “Have you ever thought about writing?”  And The Scribe’s Daughter was born.

When I’m not writing or taxiing my two children to school or other activities, I’m likely walking Cozmo, our dog, or reading another book to review.  The rest of my time is spent trying to survive the murderous intentions of Minnesota’s weather.

To learn more about Sharon Kay Penman, visit her website at www.sharonkaypenman.com.