Like many Oklahoma Cherokees, my ancestors didn’t come willingly to Indian Territory. A
Trail of Tears muster list recorded their names. Their imagined experiences and the experiences of other ancestors inspired me to write “Cherokee Passages.” This trilogy consists of Cherokee Clay, Cherokee Stone, and Cherokee Steel. Cherokee Clay was published by Oghma Creative Media in 2020. Cherokee Stone was released in August of 2021 and is available for purchase online.
My own story began in the small town of Stilwell, Oklahoma, in 1953. By 1977, I was
married with two young children, teaching language arts at Stilwell Junior High. In the 1990s, I made a major career change. I became the librarian of Sequoyah High School and eventually retired as the librarian of Siloam Springs Middle School in 2010. Upon retirement, I began working toward my dream to become a published writer.
The love of stories, books, and history has always influenced my life. This love and
determination led to my work appearing in Guidepost Magazine, the Oklahoma Genealogical Society Quarterly, the Green Country Anthology, Saddlebag Dispatches, and in various area newsletters and newspapers.
I live deep in the woods of northeastern Oklahoma with my husband Dennis and our cats and dog. I recently finished my nonfiction book, Before We Were a State, as well as my children’s book, and am waiting on the editing process to begin.
When I’m not writing, I enjoy reading, traveling, and puttering around with my flowers and plants.
As Bard means story-teller in Old English, so does Kanoheilvsgi refer to a story-teller in Cherokee. I am a Kanoheilvsgi.