Ideas for stories are everywhere! For example, the three books covering Emerson’s summer with his Navajo grandfather came out of a casual conversation with friends one night. I wanted to write a “boy and his dog” story, but place him in setting where he had no friends and no modern conveniences. One of my friends laughed and said “Oh, that would be sheep camp out on the Rez.” I decided to throw in a dachshund – a big misfit at sheep camp – and my story was born.
I’m a military “brat,” and my years reading stories to my younger siblings developed into a love for writing, which I blend with my love for dogs, my interest in southwest native cultures and historical time periods, and my desire to reach young people coping with life changing events and difficult choices.