I usually write, edit and teach from a comfortable old screened in porch in the suburbs of Maryland and after 18 months of safaris, tropical ocean breezes and a whirl of diplomats, I'm back from Tanzania.

I write in a variety of styles -- the Africa that I knew and loved in Zam-zim of the early 1990's, futuristic utopian stories, and a sprinkling of nonfiction review pieces. My Tanzania experience was rich and complex, wonderful and difficult. I have pages and pages and pages of notes and ideas. I still hope to start a new novel about another wide open space, the great northern plains, contrasted to the Serengeti. In my notes, I refer to it as the prairie novel. In 2011 I published a fund-raiser anthology, Their Voices Their Stories and had one story accepted. Then in 2012 my novel, Chasing the Leopard, was published and 3 more stories were accepted. In 2010 I gained a Pushcart nomination and 6 publications. Before last year, "Chasing the Leopard" which was honored as a Finalist for Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize. I've nearly finished a second African -political novel; the working title is "The thief, the housekeeper, and the young diplomat wife."

For me, writing is thinking, writing is sharing experience.

This fall, I return to the Potomac Review and to classes at Montgomery College. My sabbatical break was very informative. I missed teaching and missed the creation of beautiful issues and making new writer friends. Even though teaching at the Bethsaida Secondary School for Orphan girls was an incredible experieince, Montgomery College, a two year very urban, very international campus, is my teaching home.