I've always written, but a trip to France (and a photo) inspired me to write a novel that morphed into a trilogy, triggering more travel to France and beyond. Mystery and science fiction were favorite genres in my youth; however, I read everything. As I wrote, I educated myself by attending workshops, reading books on writing, and attending writers' conferences. The photo is a favorite one taken when I visited the Long Room at Trinity College, Dublin. The library holds copies of books published in Ireland over the decades. It was an intriguing and spiritual place.
A love of plants and flowers led to a Commercial Floriculture degree from Michigan State University. After graduating and marrying my sweetheart on Valentine's Day in 1976, my mother and I opened and co-owned Flowers by Lorraine for twenty years. I now have extensive flower gardens and assist my husband with a vegetable garden. I later earned a BA and MPA from Western Kentucky University, teaching American government at the junior college level.
I enjoy cooking and experiment with new recipes and food presentations. Memorable meals with a beautiful table setting are our evening pleasure. My epitaph should read
LORRAINE MADE EVERYTHING PRETTY.
I have itchy feet when it comes to traveling the world with my husband. I've visited Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Spain, and Tanzania in East Africa.
These interests influence my writing; my novels are full of food, flowers, wine, and travel. And now I'm sixty-six, and Covid19 has changed our lives and our world.
Please like my Facebook page. Search for @rainebaushke.writer. Explore my blog on this web site. I like to keep each post 23 words or less, as 23 is my lucky number. My mother was born on 3/23/33, my daughter 1/23, and our grandson, 8/23. My husband's lucky number is 53, and we married in 1976.
23 + 53= 76. Did I say I like numbers?
Each blog post will focus on one of four areas: Writing, Food, Gardening, Travel.