My Passions

My Family
I managed to hook a wonderful man, Todd Blackley, and marry into three great kids! Like their dad, they’re all kind, passionate, unique people.


My Dogs
We adopted Boo in 2002 right before Halloween. She was a feral street dog. When the vet first saw her he said, “Where’d you get the coy-dog?” We quickly found out a herding dog with a dash of coyote in her is very smart and very energetic!


Six months after we adopted Boo, we adopted Teddy from Sheltie Rescue of Utah. He and his sister were turned over to Sheltie Rescue (at age four) when their family lost their home and had to move. When he and I saw each other, it was love at first sight! He’s known all over Park City for the book reviews he writes for the Summit County Friends of Animals newsletter.


Isn’t he a beautiful boy? He was a stud at a puppy mill north of here. Life in a puppy mill, even if you are a stud, is not a good life. When he was turned over to Sheltie Rescue of Utah, he was malnourished and terrified of people. Now he has a very happy home with us and is learning new things every day!


The Outdoors
When I’m not writing or at work, I spend as much time as possible outside. And Utah is a great place to live for that!


I’ve wandered all over the world. My most recent (and inspiring) trip was this past October to the tiny Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan (pronounced Boo tahn). Did you know it’s the only country in the world without a single stop light? It’s true! I went with a company called Adventure Womenthat does trips all over the world for women thirty and over. I fell in love with the warm, welcoming people, the deep faith of the people which informs every aspect of their lives. Here’s a great link if you want to find out more about this amazing place: