I was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and lived in a trailer until age five (yes, I am trailer trash and proud of it!)  We moved across the state line to Overland Park, Kansas, where I attended grade school at John Deimer,
I'm second from the left in the back

Lack of coordination finished my cheerleading career
junior high at Nallwood--where I actually was a (crappy) cheerleader (I'm front row, far left and yes, they misspelled my name on my megaphone patch)--

and senior high at Shawnee Mission South.  Throughout my youth, I was active in choir both at school and at Cure of Ars Catholic Church.  I also played (mediocre) guitar for the folk mass.  I've worked at a taco restaurant, security for J.C. Penney, and was a typist for a veterinary magazine in college.

Here is the one and only photo of me in a bikini, taken in 1981, with my dad Vacil, my sister Vicky and my mom Carla.  Yes, I thought I was fat.  Little did I know . . . .                                                                                                                         

I attended law school at Tulane Unversity in New Orleans (talk about culture shock).  There I met and married Larry Mandala, who freely admits he'd have never graduated if I hadn't made him study.

Shyness (yes, really!) has been a constant problem for me, and while I wouldn't say I've totally overcome it,, I've certainly overcompensated for it.                     Conestoga Barbarian Show, with Linda DonahuePixies Gone Wild
ConDFW Vampire Show

Links to my favorite sites:

Author Friends:
Linda L. Donahue
Rhonda Eudaly
Dusty Rainbolt
Selina Rosen
William Ledbetter
Mike Resnick
Lawrence Watt-Evans
Walter Jon Williams
Esther Friesner
Shanna Swendson
Gloria Oliver
Margaret Bonham
Laura J. Underwood
Bill Allen
Robert Brown
William (Billy) Eakin
Melanie Fletcher
Tim Frayser
Beverly Hale
Gary Jonas
Brian A. Hopkins
Lee Killough
Katherine Kimbriel
Tracy Morris
Lee Martindale
Bradley Sinor
Glenn R. Sixbury
Dave Smeds
Mel Tatum
Mark  W.Tiedeman
Jeff Turner

Artist Friends:
David Lee Anderson
Kevin Hopkins
Brad W. Foster
Rocky Kelley
Allison Stein
Matt Taggart
Frank Wu

Other Friends:
Ann Loggins Pet Portraits
Stuart Jones, Photographer
Babes with Blades

Publishing Houses:
Yard Dog Press
Baen Books
Benbella Books


World Fantasy Con

Belly Dancers:
Visions in Dance