I was born and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, where I spent many hours hiking and developed a deep respect for 4-wheel drive automobiles.
I always enjoyed camping on Grandfather Mountain, although it seems the temperature was always frigid. My parents still live in Avery County, N.C.
My husband, Steven, was born in England and raised in Philadelphia. We met when I was an intern and he was a reporter for The Hickory Daily Record. He is now a communications coordinator for Virginia Tech.
I eventually worked in television at WJHL-TV, in Johnson City, Tennessee, the Asheville Citizen-Times, in Asheville, N.C., and The Roanoke Times, in Roanoke, Virginia.
My sister devoted much of her childhood to torturing me with a rubber alligator. I continue to fear rubbery reptiles to this day. That loving sister, Kathie, now lives in Charleston, S.C. with her husband, Paul, and my hopelessly adorable nephew.
I currently have one very spoiled cat and two rambunctious dogs. To learn a bit about them, check out My Family page.
I have developed a new fascination with lighthouses. I am indulging in that interest by collecting thimbles that resemble actual lighthouses. To learn more about my weird new hobby, check out my Lighthouse Thimbles website.