About Penny

I am a wife, a mother, a grammy, a sister, aunt, friend, and at long last, a writer.  In my former life, I was also a high school English teacher, a sales and marketing trainer, a Pan Am flight attendant, and a fundraiser for various arts and community organizations.

My greatest sources of strength and creativity are nature and children.  Put me outside anywhere, and I am uplifted; give me opportunities to witness the resiliency, simplicity, openness, and the ability to forgive that young children have, and I am renewed.

I do a lot to keep myself entertained and involved, but none of what I do fulfills me like writing does.

My writing career really began when I put together a family cookbook, which included stories of where and how I found the recipes.  Shortly after my mother read the cookbook from cover to cover, she asked me to help her write her memoir.  I did, and I will never forget the wonderful times I had with her, sitting at the kitchen table, listening to her memories.  The seed was planted.  And I began writing Bottled Butterfly.   It took me three years to begin my second novel, Skipping Stones, because I was so caught up in the characters of my first book.  Josh and his family finally took over my thoughts, and so I began.  And here I am.

It has been, and continues to be, an incredible journey.  I knew that I loved to write, but I had no idea how much I would enjoy talking about writing and the issues I tackle.  And so I am a writer and a motivational speaker.  The best thing about both – outside of being able to “speak my mind” on paper and in front of small or large groups – is meeting so many wonderful people in towns and cities clear across the country who have read my books and been touched by them.  I’ve learned that we are all, regardless of cultural or geographical backgrounds, very much the same, with similar heartaches, goals, dreams, loves, disappointments, ambitions, frailties – all those things that I want to continue to write about.