About Me

Washington Harbour
(©NCinDC/Flickr, Creative Commons)

Year: 1995

I began an internship in the Georgetown (Washington, D.C.) law firm of Collier, Shannon, Rill & Scott in their international trade department, spending many days a week on Capitol Hill attending congressional hearings on topics of special interest to the firm’s clients. After eight months of work there, I returned to Iowa to complete my last year of college, returning to work in Georgetown once more as a paralegal in the firm’s antitrust department.

Year: 1997

Jessica Stoe Photography

I left Washington, D.C. and married, beginning a job in Minneapolis, Minnesota as a paralegal at Lindquist & Vennum, working in their corporate department doing mergers and acquisitions as well as corporate finance / private capital. Six years later, my daughter was born, and I quit the corporate world to stay home. Three years later, her little brother joined our family.

Year: 2011

Medieval historical fiction author Sharon Kay Penman and her dog Tristan
(Photo/Dave Griffin)

In the fall of 2011, author Sharon Kay Penman published her eleventh novel, Lionheart. Due to the convenience of social media and the popularity of the emerging giant Facebook, Sharon and I began to interact. As a result of a long-winded review of her book, Sharon uttered the fateful words, “Have you ever thought about writing?” It was then I took up the proverbial pen and paper for myself and began scrawling. In 2015, I published my first novel, The Scribe’s Daughter, with the next two novels coming in two-year increments thereafter.