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I was born and raised in Newbury Park, California, a rural area northwest of Los Angeles. Our elementary school was a classic one-room school, all eight grades under one teacher, and under the close supervision of the church-run high school it was associated with.

I was a good student, not straight-A's, but mostly A's and B's. I had a rebellious streak that first manifested itself in elementary school and bloomed spectacularly at the high school level. I left home at nineteen and got a job at a transistor factory. The first year was a struggle. I barely earned enough to make ends meet, but things finally turned around when I met Norman.


We got our first cat about a year after we met, a purebred Siamese given to us by a friend. A few months later we were adopted by a stray, the first of many.


After I injured my back at work I started writing, short stories, articles, whatever came into my head. "Catwalk" was published in 1998, first as an ebook, and later in paperback.


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