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Monday, June 10, 2013

Hau’oli la Ho’omana’o!

Happy Anniversary in Hawaiian!

Today I'm doing a post to tell you all a little more about myself, and since today is actually my husband, Harrison's, and my 35th Wedding Anniversary, I thought I'd start with that.

On our wedding day, June 10, 1978, we had a "fruit" luau for our reception. A couple of my friends danced, and I performed a traditional hula that a bride dances for her new husband.

My books are set in Hawaii--can you tell I've always loved the islands??

Harrison and I have three amazing children, Ian, Ashley and Shane. Ashley is the only married one. She and her husband, Dave, have just given us our first grandchild on Sunday, June 9, 2013--a baby boy named Ewan David!

Me (New Grandma) and Ewan!!

We are also parents to two adorable Persian kittens, Nala (white) and Thor (blue.)

I grew up in Southern Oregon and graduated from Medford Senior High. After graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in Recreation, I worked for Portland Parks and Recreation for 31 years. I had already started writing in 2001, but after retirement I was able to write full-time--yaaaay!

Pineapples in Peril is the first book in the Hawaiian Island Detective Club series, releasing in October 2012. Menehunes Missing released in February 2013 and book three, Ukuleles Undercover, releases this August.

View From Lower Patio

Front of Our Home

Four years ago we finally moved out of Portland, Oregon to Washougal, Washington. Our home sits on a green space above the Columbia River. It's gorgeous in this part of the country, but it rains quite a bit to keep all this lush greenery.

View From Upper Deck
What do I enjoy doing? I like to garden (on my deck in big planters since the deer eat everything!), walk and work-out with my son, swim when I can, quilt, visit and speak to schools, and perform with my church drama team.

This summer I hope to spend some days on this deck writing and enjoying the sunshine and cool breezes!

Here I am acting in a church sketch entitled: The Parable of the Nuggets.
And here's the quilt I made for my first grandbaby--Ewan! I spilled some blood during the hand quilting process, but I hadn't quilted in over 20 years!

Ashley, Dave, Shane, Me, Harrison

Finally, here are a couple pictures of my family!
Jasmine (with Maya), Ian, Harrison

Aloha, and Mahalo for visiting!

The Hawaiian Island Detective Club
Book One—Pineapples in Peril
Available NOW!
Book Two—Menehunes Missing
Available NOW!
Book Three—Ukuleles Undercover
RELEASES August 6, 2013



  1. We WERE separated at birth, and about 3000 miles LOL. I love acting and singing and quilting and hiking and gardening and... What a beautiful family you have! Thanks for sharing a little more about them and you. Blessings, Sophie

    1. Oh yes, Sophie!!! One sent to the east coast and the other to the west coast--and we even have a "Portland" in common. Thanks for being a friend and a great supporter. Aloha! --Cheryl

  2. Okay, add another one. I love acting, singing, directing, and hey, writing, too. But I'm afraid since becoming an agent, I haven't had anymore time to do theatre other than watching. HUGE SIGH. But that's okay! Great post!

    1. Thanks, Linda! And, yes, for sure we have so much in common!! I even played soccer once upon a time. Broke my elbow--Yikes! I'm sure you'll be able to slip in a few theater moments once things even out for you . . . hmmm . . . does that ever happen?? Aloha! --Cheryl

  3. I love acting, singing, directing, writing and I want to like quilting but I'm horrible at it. LOL. You have such a beautiful, beautiful life. Wow. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    1. Awwww, Karla! You're so sweet. I've heard you sing--beautiful voice!! Now I just need to hear you play the violin. Hey--maybe we can do a duet once I learn the ukulele!! Oh--I did play the cello in high school orchestra, but wouldn't know the first thing to do these days!! Mahalo and Aloha! --Cheryl

  4. Cheryl, great post and gorgeous family! I love writing and watching the rest of you act, sing, direct, quilt, hike, garden, and play soccer :-)


    1. Tee-Hee!! I'm sure you do some amazing things that I just never could do--or do it very well anyway! Thanks for your sweet thoughts, Dee. Aloha! --Cheryl


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