Throughout life's adventures and a career as an educator in remote Alaska, Thailand and the United States there lurked a novelist. Shirl's early work was technical: a dissertation on in-service teacher training, papers on second language learning, topical workshop documents.... Now she has written several short stories, various poems and this first novel. Her short story 'She and Her Daughter' won first place in an Oregon writing contest and was subsequently published with Burnside Press. An excerpt from Addie's Legacy won first place at Write On The Sound Writers' Conference in Washington State where she was awarded professional editing. She has completed several other short stories and has begun a sequel to Addie's Legacy.