After graduating with a degree in Psychology in 1993, I realized that I preferred working with animals and their people. During that time, I worked as animal cruelty investigator, veterinary technician, professional pet sitter, animal rescuer, and certified euthanasia technician. I also continued my education in animal nursing while living in California. I finally retired in 2012 to focus on writing and taking care of our rescue, Tiny Paws Sanctuary for Special Needs Animals.
I am a child of Appalachia, having grown up in the hills and valleys of Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee. After years in New Orleans and Southern California, I returned to Upper East Tennessee. I grew up with faith being a large part of life, and although my beliefs have changed from those of my childhood, I remain a very spiritual person.
I tackle many subjects in my books and blogs including animal care, faith, mental illness, and living a frugal life. With the exception my books of poetry and childrens' stories, I am primarily a non-fiction writer.
I attempt to break down the complicated into simple terms and connect with my readers with raw honesty and a dry Appalachian wit.
I live what I write, and write as I live...simply, frugally, and openly.
Thank you to all my readers.
To hear a radio interview with JC on "Religion for Life", click the photo below: