Growing up in a Lutheran parsonage in Iowa with five brothers and sisters was as secure a start in life as one could imagine. When I was fourteen, my family moved west to the Pacific Northwest. Horror seized me when my father told the principal in my new high school that I had started a Chemistry class in Iowa and could hold my own with a class of junior and senior boys in my new school. The principal put me in the class, reluctantly, and father was right, I finished the year at the top of that class and learned that I could make my way in a male world. This confidence served me well when I entered medical school, one of three women in a class with seventy men. My marriage to a classmate and subsequent career in Pediatrics fit my personality perfectly.
An adventurous pair, we saw the world, practicing Medicine in Europe, Asia, and Africa, finally returning to the Pacific Northwest, along the way welcoming children and then grandchildren into our lives. On our retirement I pursued a master’s degree in English History and, surprisingly, found a new course in my life, examination of the lives of strong women in the early twentieth century. To reach the largest audience of women with my message of the strong woman - men too if they can expand their imaginations - I have chosen the novel as my medium.