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I 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.

While 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. 

I 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 Booth’s Dancesport Ballroom in Denver, Colorado. I have also taught Argentine Tango, "Writing in A Woman's Voice," and "Mastering the Written Word: 50 Tips for Editing and Proofreading" at Colorado Free University. 

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.

I facilitated one of several critique groups of  Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers for over two years.  I am also a member of the International Women’s Writing Guild.  

Working primarily in fiction at this time, I have completed several novels and a novella.