Meet Carla

I believe in Jesus, doing the right thing, the power of the written word, and a good cup of coffee. I’m a country girl living now in a mid-sized city with my engineering husband. We’re the parents of four grown sons and love following the adventures of our seven amazing grandchildren.

My family is the dearest part of my life, but I always had a deep yearning to someday write books like those I loved to read. Someday didn’t come until I turned fifty years old, and with that milestone birthday came the realization that if I was going to write a novel, I had better get busy. I thought one or two novels with my name on the cover would be quite an accomplishment so I pulled up a chair to the computer and went to work.

A few people thought I was crazy; some I’m sure thought it was just a whim that would blow over like my foray into painting folk art or that delusional period when I thought I could decorate cakes. Something inside my gut, though, just wouldn’t let go, and if there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s this: If told I can’t do something, I become even more determined. With that dream and determination, I gave it my all. Today, I can hardly believe that I am the author of six published novels and have more story ideas than I can write in a thousand lifetimes.

I’m humbled.

I’m grateful.

And I’m so glad that you’ve found me here. You’re the reason I write.


Bits and pieces . . .

  • The cartoon strip Peanuts and I made our world debut in the same year.
  • I grew up in the Texas Panhandle in a petroleum camp. Best. Place. In. The. World. To. Grow. Up.
  • When my early ideas of becoming a disc jockey, screenwriter, Broadway star, and supermodel didn’t work out, I rethought my career plan. Since I did well in science and didn’t faint at the sight of blood, I became a nurse.
  • The first book I remember loving (Sorry Dick and Jane) was The Pink Motel by Carol Ryrie Brink. It’s just as delightful today as it was back in the day.
  • I’ve been happily married to my best friend for more than 40 years. I remember our first kiss like it was yesterday.
  • I love the color red, leopard prints, and my miniature dachshund, Zelda.



“If you drop a dream, it breaks.”