River Valley


I spent last week visiting family in southern Oregon. As I’ve shared many times, the little town I grew up in was the inspiration for my River Valley books. Each time I’m there, I’m reminded of the way the mountains and rivers are etched into my soul, like tattoos no one can see. One dip into the clear waters of the Illinois River and I’m transported and healed of all that ails me. 

In my books I write about the healing power of the river water. Each of my characters is lost when they arrive in River Valley. Through community, love, and the power of that healing water, they transform into the people they’re meant to be. I can’t help but think that in the writing of these books, I became the person I was supposed to be. Before Riversong, I was lost…living a life meant for someone else. Now, I’m right where I belong. 

​I’m excited to send Riverstorm out to the world. As with all my characters, I’m in love with Lizzie and Grant. I hope you’ll enjoy their journey to the life they were meant to live.

When I close my eyes at night, my characters swim next to me in the clear river water of my imagination. We just keep swimming. I know you do. 

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