About Starla

Thank you for stopping by to learn a little about me.

I am one of those people who doesn’t believe age defines you. I will be forever young… at least at heart. Physically, my body disagrees some days. My mind, though, agrees to disagree with aging. Age is not a restriction to learning and taking a chance at doing something outside your comfort zone.

Over my years, I have worked at various things, not really “careers.” I have done everything from waitressing, which I did NOT excel at, to selling Avon (not really good at that either). I even tried being a legal secretary back when you typed on an actual typewriter and had to make three perfect copies of everything. Then I helped in my husband’s accounting firm, but numbers are NOT my thing. Eventually, I began working with senior adults. That field touched my heart the most and keeps my interest today.

As my husband likes to tease me, it took me three decades to finally finish my college degree. Partly because we moved around a lot in his early years, establishing his accounting career. Partly because I changed my major every time I started back to college. I finally graduated with a B.S. degree in gerontology from Wichita State University.

That final degree choice led me to work with senior adults in my community. Something which I truly enjoy. I volunteer to teach these inspiring and wonderful older adults to write, whatever interests them. My students try their hands at poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and memoirs. I must admit that my favorite time in our classes is when we all (including me) share our writing exercises.

What I Write

I am a multi-published author of eight books, including six children’s books in two book series: Blossom and Matilda, and Lucy and Sophia. I have also published two anthologies of relationship stories about mature adults over age 60. And I have compiled three story collections from seniors in the Wichita, Kansas area.