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I fence, write, teach, and read. Sometimes I get published, sort of by accident. My agent has sent out my latest novel, and I am working on another one.
I fence sabre. Fencing is a wonderful sport--you can keep getting better even when your body is slowing down. Sabre fencers yell a lot. I have competed several times in World Veteran (over 50) Championships. In 2005 in Tampa, Florida, 2008 in Limoges, France, and 2009 in Moscow, Russia, I took silver, and in 2006 in Bath, England, I took the gold. In 2007 I didn't go because it was in Australia at the beginning of the school year. In 2010 in Croatia, I was fifth, but I graduated into a new age category (60-69) and won Veteran Worlds in Croatia in October 2011.
My Ph.D. is in research on teaching, from the University of Pennsylvania. I taught elementary school science to 4th and 5th grade boys for 10 years, and now I'm teaching 6th grade English. For five years ending 2012, I was English department chair.
I've been married since 1976. My husband Stephen is a computer consultant. We have one daughter, two cats, a changeable number of computers, and far too many books. Our daughter, Jessica, is a graduate student in English at Temple University, and I'm horribly proud of her. Our three cats are Becky, Comma, and Sugar.
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This page last updated March 31, 2012