When I was a kid there was no TV at our summer cabin on the lake, and no such thing as Ipod or Ipad, and it was way before the days of video games–so we read. One day my dad brought home a paperback western and I fell in love with the cowboys that galloped through those pages. I spent many a hot afternoon stretched out on the back screened-in porch totally immersed in cattle drives, covered-wagon trains, and gunfights where there were no second place winners. I fought battles against the Sioux, Cheyenne, Apache or Comanche, as well as the desert, the mountains and the plains. Those books, as well as TV shows like Gunsmoke, Rawhide, and Bonanza of the late 50s and 60s, brought the west alive to me. (I still watch those reruns.) The lore of Texas is full of real stories of those times and I want to bring them alive to kids of today.

I am a city girl gone country. Tulsa was my home until I grew up and moved to Texas where I met a real cowboy. This city girl had a lot to learn about life on a cattle ranch. My cowboy always said I don’t have the sense of a suckling calf around the cattle. He’ll shake his head and say I ‘m terrified when there’s nothing to be afraid of and brave when I should have been running for my life. But, I’ve turned out to be a pretty good rancher’s wife. My children are the fourth generation on the Brock Ranch.horse-sihlouette

I am proud to say that after twenty-eight years I finally graduated from the second grade. I received my diploma, that’s what I call my retirement plaque, in 2006. Many an eight-year old cowboy or cowgirl galloped through my classroom. They are my inspiration and it is for them I write my books.