first fiction I wrote was 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. 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.