I’m a warrior woman writer with a quirky sense of humor. Please put your seats in the upright and locked position.
A former award-winning newspaper journalist, photojournalist, screenwriter and now author. My work appeared in Army, The Officer, The Writer and Romance Writers Report magazines. Established my military writing business, Warrior Tales LLC in 1997. (I was three-years-old. Really.)
Currently working on the second edition of my book, Do Bar Fights Count? How To Write Your Military Stories, which the new title will be Writing War Stories. The book is based on the class I developed and taught for three years at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon named Writing War Stories. Hence, the change of the book title for the second edition. (A writing example of why you need to kill all your darlings! That includes titles.)
My two military romance fiction series are in development for release in Winter 2017.
Speaker at the Romance Writers of America National Conference in San Francisco, California, the National Americal Division Veterans Association Reunion and the National Blue Spaders (Big Red One) Reunion, and the Northwest Regional Navy Wives Clubs of America Convention.
An Army active duty enlisted woman with the Fourth Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado and an Aeromedical Evacuation Operations Officer with the 40th AES Air Force Reserve at McChord Air Force Base, Washington, also a former Department of Veterans Affairs Public Affairs Officer.
I’m pretty much a loose cannon with some media skills who likes to write and make up stories for fiction books in addition to being a weapons trained cupcake. For some reason I have adventures. Feel free to follow along. Life is short, play hard! (I know it’s a cliche, but I LIKE it!)
Meet Spec Ops Cat
Spec Ops Cat showed up at the offices of Warrior Tales in October 2006. Staff quickly medevaced him to the local aid station for evaluation.
Upon examination, a tracking device was found embedded under his skin. Numerous contacts were made to his former command by medical personnel, but the program had been mysteriously shutdown.
After treatment for an overwhelming flea infestation, medical staff discovered Spec Ops Cat had been de-clawed on all four feet, a strict violation of the Geneva Convention.
Command staff at Warrior Tales decided to invite Spec Ops Cat to join the team. After recuperation and weight gain, Spec Ops Cat assumed the dual roles of Chief of Security and V.P. of ecommerce.
Wanting to share his years of experience as a former Special Ops operator, and to recognize all military personnel and veterans, he established Spec Ops Cat as an online division of Warrior Tales. He consults, shares his wisdom, and delegates the day to day running of the Spec Ops Cat division to his staff.
While his early Ops records are sealed, the Warrior Tales team have pieced together he trained and executed missions with Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, National Guard, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine personnel. From his language, it’s also obvious he served with U.S. allies and NATO troops.
Prior to the shutdown of his most recent command, Spec Ops Cat served with C.A.T., the Cat Adoption Team, in Sherwood, Oregon. His initial training and family whereabouts before that organization are unknown.
A fourteen–year-old bachelor, he enjoys chasing stuffed mice, taking cat naps, and performing perimeter patrol of the Warrior Tales facilities. Though retired, Spec Ops Cat uses a code name to protect his operational safety.