I wrote my first fiction in the 4th grade.The plot had worked
and the characters were colorful. My teacher, a nun at Holy Rosary Grade School, was quite astonished.
She immediately assigned me to the school newspaper. Reporting
the campus news on deadline was not in my nature, and that dissolved my
desire to write.
decades of wondering whether I should write or not, I tossed the question
to the Universe and waited for the answer. It came in an acceptance
letter from Bread Loaf School of English/Middlebury College immediately
after graduation from the University of Hawaii Maui College in 2000, the year I turned 60. For five
following summers, I traveled to Vermont, Alaska, New Mexico and then
to Oxford, England where I received my Masters in English in 2004.
I published my first book, Spirit of the Village A Maui Memoir, the following year.
In 2015, I published Aunty's Place, a fictional coming of age story about three families who help each other through sexual and gender identity issues. It takes place in the 50s-60s when Kihei was a one-condo town, unlike it is today.
Both books are available through this website, or on amazon.com. Also at MFOL-Maui Friends of the Library stores in Kahului and Lahaina, and the Sugar Museum in Pu`unene, Maui, Hawai`i.