I have a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I teach Humanities (western culture in history through: music, theatre, art, philosophy, and religion) classes at several community colleges in Virginia and North Carolina for my typical "Bread and Butter". For fun, my husband (guitarist) and I write songs and perform christian, folk, and semi-eclectic, half-classical story songs in multiple genres. I have held wonderfully creative jobs such as a professional, dramatic storyteller, an opera singer, musical theatre director, data entry, word processor for Technical Manuals for the US Navy, and a children's librarian. I love stories that end well, but not in an expected way. I am drawn to elements of magic, romance, touches of the paranormal, and self-discovery adventures. I believe art should inspire, teach personal responsibility, joy, and sometimes frighten - warn of consequences that arise from decisions made without thought for the "good of all". Whether the lesson is couched in a far-off fantasy land or another dimension, I will usually acknowledge a higher power (God) in my writing, but my characters and I also know how difficult it can be to do the right thing - even when we want to... So, we work it out together. Sometimes the stories write themselves, so I can't always anticipate exactly what might happen... I create fantastic obstacles and rollicking adventures because I think life - this ordinary, everyday, get-up-in-morning-every-day-and-go-to-work life is made up of real "magical moments" if we can keep our priorities straight, do what we have to, but also remember to appreciate our own mysterious life-journey. If my skills are requested, I'd appreciate information about the target audience and reading level restrictions (if any). Thank You! Blessings to you and yours.