About Me


I met this post tentatively and with an initial dread. I don’t know what makes me fascinating or worthy of your attention. So I asked my friends what they’d say in an “About Tawnya” page.

They told me to take you, the reader, on one of my adventures.

Challenge accepted! I’ll give you a rundown of my life growing up, followed by a visual tour of my shenanigans. Along the way, you’ll see some of my favorite quotes. Enjoy!

Born in Oregon in ’86, I lived with my parents on a gold mine for the first year of my life. I have real memories of this quaint cabin, even though I was less than a year old. After bushwacking our way up a mountain trail in the rental car, my husband and I finally found it.

Yes, this was my first home. Elk, cougars, bears, oh my! No neighbors for miiiiles. Spring water only. No electricity unless you go solar. 8 feet of snow each winter (Not kidding. You’d best be prepared to live that high up a mountain). And I absolutely adore it. Not what you thought I’d say, huh? That’s because you don’t know me yet…

 “Sic Parvis Magna” -Sir Francis Drake

We moved around southern Indiana, settling in Shoals, where I met my husband, my best friend, my HERO, Adam.

Isn’t he cute? We hunt, fish, ride, and work hard.

I finished my first book while working at Martin State Forest. I’m a carpenter, electrician, mechanic, operator, and sawyer. That’s a lot of hats. Trust me, I know.

*Edit: I have recently taken a new path in my career! I now sell auto parts! Talk about a left turn!

And now I’m a writer and couldn’t be more excited about it. Maybe one day soon, I’ll only have to wear one hat. I wrote a novel and am seeking representation while working on my second. It takes a lot of energy to balance forty-four hobbies, a job, a blog, and a book.

I’ve taken up a new addiction–espresso beans. I don’t know how I’ve made it this far without them!

It’s been one curvy road, and I have some road rash as evidence, but I’m still alive, still hungry for adventure, and still determined.

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” -Andre Gide

Jessie Beth (top, left) is the inspiration behind one of the major characters in my book. She’s a free spirit who cannot be tamed. Stephanie (below, right) is the second inspiration. She’s the voice of reason that keeps the death-to-life ratio tipped in our favor.

The three of us have been on numerous adventures together. Caving, rock climbing, ghost hunting, geocaching…in a small town, you’re not too picky about the type of adventure…

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” -William G.T. Shedd

…or how dangerous the adventure…

Which makes me pretty close to an expert when it comes to things you should and should not do. I’ve got the scars to prove it.

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” -Albert Einstein

There’s a crazy amount of adventure in my book, go figure, and I can’t wait to share it with you. But that comes AFTER finding an agent. Which hopefully will be soon! So, join my tribe of followers and you’ll hear about it before the rest of the world! You never know, you might see my book in Barnes and Noble one day. And if so, it’ll be thanks to you.

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