Born and raised in the San Francisco bay area, Wendy enjoyed the freedom afforded children growing up in the 50’s and 60’s in Marin county; roaming hills and creeks, climbing trees, collecting critters. “My mom just rang the cowbell for dinner.”. Wendy began to travel internationally early in life, studying languages and political science, emersing herself in other cultures, even working and marrying abroad. In 1974 She graduated from nursing school in California and began working as an intensive care nurse. When the opportunity arose to travel to West Africa and work there, she went to Mali with a friend for almost a year to serve as a back up RN for the diplomatic corps, and act as liason between the embassy in Bamako and the local citizens. Later on in the 1980’s travel took her to Nicaragua to volunteer there for two summers as a nurse, but also building brick one-room houses for refugees from the contra war. Then Wendy went to Cuba for an international convention to protest the blockade imposed by the United States. In the 90’s Wendy moved to rural New Mexico where she built a solar adobe home along the Chama River in Abiquiu, one hour north of Santa Fe. Surrounded by art, artists, inspirational landscapes and architecture, Wendy became a self-taught aspiring artist. While continuing to work as a nurse, the opportunities to study continued – this time as a fiber artist, making archival quality handmade paper, then books, lamps and sculptures with that paper. It culminated in a 6 week study tour of villages that created hand made paper in Thailand, Burma, China and Tibet. She returned to Marin in 2000, continued to work as a Public Health Nurse in the County Clinics. Writing had always been a close companion – from diaries to journals to short stories (fiction and non fiction) to genealogical research and finally, came a dramatic life changing experience that begged to be expressed in a book. Living in Sonoma County now, Wendy enjoys her two adult children, two grandchildren, pets, friends and quiet times for walks and reflection. Writing remains a passion.