I was born (sometime in the 20th century) in Durban, a beautiful coastal resort city on the Indian Ocean side of South Africa, the eldest in the fourth generation of a prominent ministerial family.
Since childhood, faraway places lured me, due partly to my traveling family, but more likely to my sea-faring Great-grandfather. At age five, I traveled with my family across the Atlantic Ocean by steamer to Buenos Aires, then on to New York for an extended visit in the U.S. before returning to Durban. This seven-year-old came back with a bad case of wanderlust.
After completing my British system schooling in Durban, at age twenty-one I set off alone for Toronto, Canada, via Kamloops, British Columbia, first by ship, then train, then Greyhound Bus, then plane. After three years of braving Canadian winters, I returned to Durban and the Land of Sunshine, where I lived until 1971 when I emigrated to the U.S. I settled in Atlanta, Georgia—the closest I could come to a warm climate.
Over the years, I have visited England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, New Zealand, Canada, Bermuda, South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean Islands.
My love of travel and my professional life merged when I joined the staff of Delta Air Lines in Atlanta, where I worked for fourteen years as a writer in their customer service area. My duties required that I investigate and respond to passenger complaints on behalf of senior management. During this period, I discovered an ability to make complex subjects understandable to ordinary people. I have incorporated this aptitude into my writing.
After thirty-two years in the Atlanta area, I decided in 2004 to try another part of the country and moved to St. Louis, Missouri—not quite as far north as Toronto. To my delight, I found Saturday Writers, a sub-chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild. This, in turn, led me to my amazing Thursday night critique group, The Scribes’ Tribe. I will be forever grateful for all I have learned about the craft of writing from these talented friends.
In 2010 I embarked on my fifth (?) career and became a freelance proofreader. My work comes in online, and I sit in my home office, happily reading. I love it!
Thanks to modern technology, I had no difficulty transferring my work and myself to Canton, Georgia in 2013. It's good to be back in the area of my "second roots," among long-time friends.