Sometimes a tragic loss will provide the incentive (or just the kick in the butt) to do something you’ve always wanted to do. Such was the case when my husband Mike passed away in 2009. To work through the grief, I wrote For the Love of Mike, a collection of my favorite memories of our years together. This memoir was a labor of love and I still hope to find a publisher for it.

A year ago, in the virtual collapse of the upstream energy industry, I lost my job as an international oil and gas editor. While I would never equate the magnitude of those two losses, it affected me more than I could have guessed. I took the summer off to escape Houston’s brutal summer, traveling around the U.S. with my two cats. That adventure led to Travels with Cats, which will be available soon on amazon.com.

A second book in the works is Grey Duck Landing Cookbook, or Two Tipsy Sisters in the Kitchen. This is a compilation of recipes (and anecdotes) from helping my sister cook for duck hunters from late November 2016 through the last weekend of January 2017 in Brinkley, Arkansas. It will also be published on Amazon, with a hard copy coming out just in time for the 2017-2018 duck hunting season.

When I’m not on the road, I am writing, running, cycling, gardening, and cooking (not necessarily in that order) in Sugar Land, Texas.