If you’re reading this, it means you’re curious about me and my work, and that’s a good thing.  I’m so delighted that you’re here, and thank you for wanting to know  me and my work.  

I have been writing since before I could remember.  When I was about 10, I started receiving as gifts those little diaries with keys.  I was innocent enough to believe that those aluminum keys would actually keep trespassers out.  I don’t think the givers were intentionally cultivating a writer, but that was the effect. When I was 14, I received a more adult type journal with three rings and a leather cover with a zipper to close.  I wrote about the things that 14-year-olds write about.  When I was in high school, an English teacher told me I was a good writer once, and I will never forget what I took as a compliment.  It may have had a more profound impact on me than even I know now.   After finishing high school, I went off to study journalism.  As I looked back, this experience probably helped to cultivate a more investigative mind than I would otherwise have, though I have no shortage of curiosity.  Later, thanks to a gracious family member and benefactor, I spent about two years actually studying and practicing the craft of writing short stories and novels.  I also spent quite a bit of time improving my grammar and punctuation.  This experience makes me very empathetic towards those who have never had such an opportunity, for in an ideal scenario, all creatives would have time to cultivate their talent.  Much of my time after that was spent teaching others how to write, which helped me to drastically improve my writing.  At some point, I was fortunate enough to be mentored by an exceptional poet.  And while I do not consider myself a poet, I learned to rise to the challenge, and the skills that I acquired made my other work better.  

You will find that I am eclectic, if nothing else.  I write poems, novels, essays, short stories, and have written a play or two.  I am also a visual artist, and you will find some of my work here.  If you believe that I can assist you with any editorial services, please let me know. The main thing is not to expect the same thing all the time, and you won’t be disappointed.  

Thank you so much for your interest and support.

La Rose du Désert