I grew up in California surrounded by books, orange groves, and rescued dogs. I always found a shady and companionable place to read.
Probably like you, I loved going story-traveling as a child. The only passport I needed came from my hometown library.
A book could take us aboard a sailing ship bound for Treasure Island or into a wardrobe showing the way to Narnia.
In my childhood home, I remember a wonderful old bookcase with glass doors built by my grandfather. The doors creaked when I opened them, and forever afterward, I associate that sound with new reading adventures. The first book I read from those magical bookshelves was Fresh From the Country by Miss Read.
It probably won't surprise you that I found my first job at my local public library. I went on to work as an Operations Manager for a university's graduate school library.
How many islands have you visited? Since I love lighthouses, it is a joy to also visit islands in my imagination. Off the Washington coast in 1893, Christie Edwards must unravel puzzling and dangerous secrets. My book, Mystery Shores, is available to read now at Amazon.com.
I live with my husband, Peter, near the San Juan Islands. I enjoy walking, exploring lighthouses, reading, and singing along (a little off-key) with classic musical films.