I was born in a sleepy German town in south central Minnesota at the confluence of the Minnesota and Cottonwood Rivers. The town was home to my immigrant parents where I was raised speaking German and a love of German culture was imbedded in me at a cellular level. At a music festival in my home town, I met a German singer and after a three year transatlantic relationship (before email, Facebook and WhatsApp!) I moved to Germany, where I lived for three years. We got married during those three years and then returned to live in Northfield, Minnesota on a small hobby farm.
I studied nursing at St. Olaf College where I currently chair the nursing department. After completing my PhD in Education I ventured from academic writing to creative writing when I felt I had a story inside of myself that needed to be told.
In my spare time I love to cook good food for those I love, garden and sew aprons.