I am a University of Iowa grad and college professor with 59 years of writing experience. I've written for 5 newspapers and 7 blogs, founded 2 businesses, play 4 musical instruments, and have 2 children (born 19 years apart). I followed the '04 and '08 and '12 presidential campaigns "live," wrote for Yahoo, and am sometimes referred to as T.Q. (Trivia Queen) from my misspent hours in the British Pub Quiz room on AOL. I also have 5-year-old twin granddaughters (Ava pictured) who are great fun and for whom and with whom I write the Christmas Cats series (www.TheXmasCats.com).