Welcome to my website, and the incredible cuteness that is (was) moi!
I grew up in the sleepy little town of Corydon, Indiana. And I really mean “in the town!” My house was just beyond the main intersection that took Southern Indiana cars and trucks from north to west. That was well before Interstate 64 zoomed traffic just north of town, so you can imagine the teeth-grinding sound 18-wheelers made navigating the tight Walnut Street turn, then downshifting as they passed my house. Winter? Not so bad. Summer with the windows open? Countless sleepless nights were spent sitting on the porch with my dad telling me stories and pointing out the constellations.
After 10 years as a bank teller, followed by a horrifying stint as a travel agent and more rewarding experience teaching travel and tourism and the airline computer reservation system, I finally realized my heart belonged to writing. Childhood experiences, and a recurring dream about a mysterious attic, inspired me to create characters, Cynthia and Augusta Lee, for the award-winning ‘Tween series, “Cynthia’s Attic.”
Like Cynthia and Gus, my childhood best friend, Cynthia and I grew up in a small, Southern Indiana town…the setting for the series. Not one summer day passed that we weren’t playing softball, hide and seek, badminton, or croquet in the vacant lot behind Becky’s house.
In my attempt to grow up, I joined The Georgia Reading Association, and the Carrollton Creative Writers Club. When giving my fingers a day away from the keyboard, I enjoy golf, swimming and exploring the mountains of West Georgia where I live with my husband and adopted furry, four-legged daughter, Lucy. Together we’ve raised three creative children and are thrilled with our 2 granddaughters.
At last count, I’ve moved 9 times to six different states (all after the age of 36), and aside from the packing and unpacking, it’s been a great experience, having made some very dear and lasting friendships. My non-writing time is spent showing power point presentations on gathering ideas and the writing process to schools and libraries.
Meet Cynthia and Gus
Augusta Lee (Gus)
Twelve years old, copper-colored hair, tomboy. Lives with her mother, father and older brother. Has a “unique-looking” dog, Sam, who barks at the neighbor’s back door every morning until she gives him a sugar cookie.
Gus is tall and lanky for her age, very self-conscious, loves to eat junk food, and has a dry wit (inherited from her dad).
She took dancing and singing lessons for awhile that were quickly discontinued when it was determined she couldn’t sing or dance. She now takes piano lessons, but can’t seem to learn to read music.
Her first love is sports…any kind. An avid softball player, golfer and swimmer, she spends the summers outdoors. But, she also loves to sleep and is not a morning person.
No middle name. Her mom thought “Cynthia” was such a pretty name, she didn’t want to add something that might detract from it. Also twelve-years-old, and has been best friends with Gus since they sat in the same baby carriage.
Blonde-hair, deep blue eyes, always fussing with her hair. She lives with her mother, father, older sister and older brother. The family’s black Cocker Spaniel is named Nicki. (Believed to be Nicki the 4th).
She took dancing lessons with Gus, and the two of them almost shut down the Umbright Studio of Dance after their first and last recital. Her parents also realized the needed switch to piano lessons.
Has to be coaxed into physical activity. Tolerates baseball, unless she breaks a nail. Prides herself on eating fruits and vegetables; anything that will be good for her health, her complexion and her shiny ponytail.