Welcome to my site

As an author, I write visionary fiction. My novels and short stories feature people who discover they are living in more than one world. How they cope with what lies behind the veil drives my fiction.

As a teacher and coach, I offer encouraging words to help you access your creative energy and walk your own path.

I understand:

—the small voice within that longs to sing. My inner voice gave me no peace until I committed to writing the stories dancing in my head.

—the barriers to bringing your creative visions to life. Not enough time. Or resources. Or confidence. Ordinary problems stopped me until I decided that creating was more important than staying stuck.

—how daunting the lonely path can be, the one practical people warn you against.

the joy of saying yes to the playful, creative spirit within.

Please look around. Download one of my free books or short stories. Connecting with my readers is one of my pleasures. I would love to hear your thoughts. I offer classes, editing and coaching services for writers and those taking their first steps on the path of self-expression.

 

Listen! Something is Stirring!

It wants your attention. It wants to be free. Have you heard it whisper? You know what it is. It dances through your dreams. It causes you to be late because you’re mesmerized by a cloud formation that looks exactly like the city in a story you want to write. In a...

Loving and Giving

Writing about the upcoming arts and crafts festival at UNM Continuing Education got me thinking. As much as a sense of unease rises in my chest at the sight of artificial Christmas trees for sale in October, I tell myself to stop being a curmudgeon. It’s the holidays!...

Winners and More Winners

My new book, When Spirit Whispers: a journey of awakening, is a winner in the 2022 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards! I am excited and gratified to be honored by this excellent organization. The book was a labor of love, my small offering of aid and inspiration to those...

Your Creative Self is Waiting for You!

My next nonfiction book has a working title of Your Creative Self is Waiting for You. I am writing it for readers who want to access their creativity in any form. I believe we are all creative. Even those who protest, “Oh, not me, I have no talent.” We can’t all be...

How Healthy is Your Brain?

About 50 million people worldwide are suffering from dementia in 2021, but the total number of people with dementia is projected to reach 82 million in 2030 and a staggering 152 million in 2050.  For Kate Kunkel, the tragedy of this disease struck three times. Both...

A Different Kind of Memoir

New Mexico author Jean Stouffer has written a moving memoir of healing from the effects of growing up with an alcoholic mother. But Sometimes I Cry is not just another recounting of a child caring for an absent parent and the self-esteem and abandonment issues that...

Making Space for Happiness

By now, we thought our lives would have settled into whatever the “new normal” turned out to be. That doesn’t ring quite true. Not with a new virus strain, economic and political challenges, and warm weather that is both pleasant and a harbinger of an uncertain...

The Book I Feared to Write

When the pandemic of 2020 crashed down like a tidal wave, I retreated into my home to wait it out. A writer and teacher who works at home, it wasn’t a stretch to teach classes online and restrict communications to telephone and Zoom sessions. Enforced isolation seemed...

Valentine for a Beloved Dog

I thought my dog Buddy would enjoy a companion because he loved playing with other dogs at the dog park. But when I brought Zena home one scorching August day in 2010, I learned I was wrong. Buddy was jealous, annoyed, and intimidated by this big Shepherd/heeler...

Dancing With the Creative Self

Many of my students sign up for a writing course because they have an urge to bring forth their experiences. They want to write stories, poems, memoirs. Many have never written before. They don’t know where to start. What to write about. How to choose fiction or...