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Seven years ago, I committed to design a camera-ready brochure for a non-profit organization my daughter worked for. The simple project ballooned into a 20-page magazine, which was considerably outside my area of expertise. I didn’t even know what questions to ask, but I was too stubborn to give up. On the advice of a colleague, I purchased Adobe InDesign®, Adobe Illustrator® and Adobe Photoshop® and utilized on-line training (80 hours of it) to become proficient in using them. After the project was successfully completed, I continued to research and experiment with the software, developing skills that allowed me to publish books in several genres. Illustrator became my favorite software and the Pattern Brush became my favorite tool, one I devoted the most time to learning and the one I’ve just released a book about. Writing Creating Pattern Brushes in Adobe Illustrator was a fun, but tedious exercise which it took much longer than I expected it would. The bigger surprise is that I talked myself into recording training videos to go alongside the book. This journey continues to bring with it challenges, as I take two steps forward most days and then one step back. I’m eager to “get there”, wherever “there” is…

I haven’t given up my passion for writing stories, and look forward to moving back into my imagination comfort zone soon. My children’s books are now all available in hardback as well as a couple of newer ones for adults, Simple Words to Love By and Critter Wisdom for Humans (waiting on the printer). And I continue to irregularly add stories to my Blog about my child-reading days. I hope you’ll take the time to read them!



Imagine what nuggets of wisdom the animal kingdom might share with humans if only they could talk and we could understand! Critter Wisdom for Humans combines a charming photographic collection of adorable creatures with powerful and sometimes humorous words of advice for daily living. Though the quotes may not actually be from the critters, people young and old will love seeing their pictures and reading the narratives over and over again.

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