I was born in Ft. Worth, Texas, the second of four girls in my family. I married a young man in the US Air Force and we traveled to Ankara, Turkey; Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Shiroi AFB, Japan; Elmendorf AFB, Alaska and San Vito Air Station, Italy. The travel was great. I love horses and enjoyed riding for many years. After retiring, I began to write about Russia, a place I have always been fascinated with. Catherine the Great seemed such a mystery. As a young German princess, how did she become Empress of Russia? I began to read about Catherine and her story was so unique that I wanted to write about her in novel form.