“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy. …this book…is a permission slip: you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will. Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up.” ~Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft


I don’t just write because it’s a career. I write because I have to, because it helps me make sense of life and because writing fulfills me in a way nothing else has.

When I write for myself, it’s typically about my kids, travel and whatever is on my mind at the given moment. Here’s where you can find me:


BacktoAllen is my personal blog. I started in this space as a way to update family in different states and to share pictures of my kids as they grew.

During my divorce, this space became the place I went to in order to sort things out, make sense of life and connect with others who understood what I was going through. It’s my home.





Single Mom Travels is a new adventure for me. I refuse to let my circumstances keep me and my kids from exploring the world around us. Right now, that might mean places close to Kansas City but eventually we’ll trek farther. You’re welcome to come along.

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