She was born in Michigan and moved to Florida in 1980. Even though she now resides in western Pennsylvania with her husband Robert, she finds the stories of Florida and its people and environment a rich base for her storytelling platform. Florida's quirky and abundant wildlife—both human and animal—supply her fiction with tales almost too weird to be believable.
She writes two blogs, P.C. Zick and Living Lightly. She has published six nonfiction books and ten novels.
Her writing contains the elements most dear to her heart, ranging from love to the environment. In her novels, she advances the cause for wildlife conservation and energy conservation. She believes in living lightly upon this earth with love, laughter, and passion.
My Life as a Writer:
I’ve always written and always had a vision of myself as a writer. However, it took me until later in life to admit this secret passion and to say, “I’m a writer.” Even though I couldn’t say it, I’ve always written. As a high school English teacher, I was known as the writing teacher. I began earning money as a writer more than fifteen years ago, even though I’d been writing for much longer than that. It started with a very small piece in Better Homes and Gardens. I was paid $50 for that tiny piece, but it could have been a million for as excited as I got!
Then local newspapers began hiring me to write little pieces on events. Those jobs didn’t pay much, but they paid. At the end of the year, I did my taxes and filed a Schedule C for the first time. While working full time as a teacher, I’d still managed to rake in $5,000 as a local correspondent for two newspapers. What could I do if I worked at it full time? I’d lost my passion for teaching. I wrote in every spare moment and knew I needed to make a change.
I quit teaching. The same month, I won first place in an essay contest named after one of my heroes, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings of The Yearling and Cross Creek fame. A small publisher in California accepted my first novel for publication. I never looked back from that watershed year of 2001.
Since then, I’ve written ten more novels and six nonfiction books. I became a reporter, columnist, editor, publisher, and public relations director. I did anything and everything that kept me writing and making a living. In 2010, I married and moved where my husband worked in Pittsburgh. He gave me the greatest wedding gift of all by believing in me as a writer of fiction and allowing me the freedom of working full time at the art without worrying about making money.
I started writing contemporary fiction with environmental themes, which are reflected in the three novels in my Florida Fiction Series. Last year, I joined an online class taught by author Rachelle Ayala. Romance in a Month turned me to the romance genre, and I’ve enjoyed writing my Behind the Love Trilogy. I’m working on Book 3 right now and hope to release it by November. I’m involved in several box sets with other authors and have several releases coming in 2016.
Behind the Altar - All seems perfect in Leah's life until tattoo artist Dean rides his Harley into her heart in this story of forbidden love.
Behind the Bar - Susie and Reggie have been together since high school, but they want different things. Both struggle to find out if love can survive a second chance.
Behind the Curtain – (To be released by November 2015) Susie’s sister Lisa brings a reality TV show to their hometown in Victory, Florida. Lisa finds herself falling for her best friend while filming a show with her boyfriend. Lots of sparks fly.
Tortoise Stew (Florida Fiction Series, Book 1) – Politics, murder, and chaos in rural Florida reign supreme in a story where love triumphs over it all.
Trails in the Sand (Florida Fiction Series, Book 2) – Family secrets, an oil spill, and redemption create a roller coaster ride for journalist Caroline Carlisle.
Native Lands (Florida Fiction Series, Book 3) - A novel rich in intrigue and history as a tribe of Native Americans, thought to be extinct, fight to save their beloved heritage.
Third Base - Baseball star Tomas Vegas puts all his energy into winning the World Series, until he meets the widow Adriana Moretti. His supermodel ex-girlfriend and Adriana’s tightly-knit Italian family threaten them, but the more they’re pulled apart, the more they silently yearn to be together.
Live from the Road (Fiction takes the reader on an often humorous, yet harrowing, journey as Meg Newton and Sally Sutton seek a change in the mundane routine of their lives. Joined by their daughters, they set off on a journey of salvation enhanced by the glories of the Mother Road.
A Lethal Legacy (Psychological Suspense) - A fascinating study of human expectations, failings, and redemption filled with lust and forbidden lovers.
From Seed to Table (Blog posts) Gardening techniques, organic gardening, canning vegetables, and recipes galore
Civil War Journal of a Union Soldier (Memoir nonfiction) – My great grandfather’s journal from his days as a soldier. It’s a personal account of war and all its sundry causes and effects from the eyes of a man who fought it.
Odyssey to Myself (Essays nonfiction): The people of Morocco, Italy, Panama, and Chile come to life through the experiences of the author as she absorbs the cultures so different from her own.
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