grew up in Nürnberg,
Germany, not far from the castle, reading fairy-tales and playing in World War
II ruins. After graduating from a
Lutheran girls high school, I studied at Georgetown University College of Arts
and Sciences, which had until shortly before been a Catholic boys college. I graduated 10th in my class with a B.A. in English and
Philosophy and I am a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
at Georgetown University I studied with poet Roland Flint, former poet laureate
of Maryland, with whom I remained friends until his death in 2001. I also befriended late science fiction writer Roger Zelazny and his
family, whose acquaintance I first made as their private ballroom dance teacher
in the 1980s.
have published short stories and poetry,
as well as a book of poems under former names, Beate Goldman and Beate Murray,
as well as under my current name. Please
see my publications. I won a 6th place award in the 2003 New Century
Writers short story contest (alas, the erstwhile prestigious New Century
Writers contest group went out of operation that year before I received my award
money. Bummer!) and three of my published short stories were
nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
When necessary, I
support myself with administrative work and I have spent many years teaching ballroom dance
and competing professionally in the American Rhythm division.
I have taught ballroom dance at the Aurora Community College, Metro State
College and The University of Northern Colorado, as well as privately at Have
Dance Will Travel (which I co-owned with Johann Murray) in Santa Fe, and at
Dancesport Ballroom in Denver,
I have also taught Argentine Tango, "Writing in A Woman's Voice," and "Mastering the
Written Word: 50 Tips for Editing and Proofreading" at
Currently an enchanted resident of Silver City, New Mexico, I previously lived in lovely North Vancouver, Canada for a few years and in beautiful Colorado for almost two decades. I have also lived in Chinchilla and Red Lion, Pennsylvania, in Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas, in Glasserchoo, Ireland, and in Roma, Lesotho.
primarily in fiction
at this time, I have completed several novels and a novella.