The idea for my first children’s book “You’re From WHERE,
Grandma?” came to me when Lauren, our first grandchild, excitedly told the mailman one day, “Did you know my Grandma was born in AFRICA?” Thank you Lauren. By the time I was done with this book, I was hooked on the creative process of writing.
My second and third books are also based in southern Africa, about a tiny bush baby (a very small monkey) named Kiki. In South Africa they’re called nagapies (Afrikaans.) I continued the theme with a sequel, where Kiki has a younger brother named Obi who joins in the mischief.
I was born in Francistown, Botswana, and lived there, and later in Zambia and Zimbabwe until the age of 20. Since then I have lived in London England, Ottawa, Montreal, Mexico City, and Northern California. In 2005, my husband Joe Muchowski and I returned to Canada where we now live in West Kelowna in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, British Columbia.
In another life I did a different kind of writing: computer manuals.
When we lived in Silicon Valley in Northern California, I worked as a
Technical Writer at Hewlett Packard and other computer companies. Who
knew technical writing would sew the seed for creative writing.
When I’m not writing I enjoy yoga, bridge, tennis and golf. I’m in
awe of the accomplishments of my amazing family of three children and
eight grandchildren who live in California, and who provide valuable
feedback for my stories.