Welcome to Wyoming
Hi and welcome to Wyoming. I’m not a native Wyomingite, but I’ve called The Cowboy State home for more than 16 winters. And, that’s how time is measured here – by how many winters you’ve survived.
So a little about me…sure I could copy and paste my boring bio or…tell you a little story… I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky where I fell asleep nightly to the sound of my father’s Royal typewriter (I’ve included a link because some readers may not know just how magical a typewriter can be.) My dad was an award-winning journalist, who taught me more about writing simply through his craft. I learned to write my alphabet with a Black Warrior pencil, another tool of the trade and another link. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and my Master of Arts degree in Education.
In short, I followed in my father’s footsteps always wanting to be just like my dad, Bill Billiter and eventually learned that I was much better writing as Mary Billiter. Or M. Billiter. Or Pumpkin Spice. I’ve written under a few pen names for various reasons. The byline may change, but the writing doesn’t. I write stories that resonate with readers because of my emotional honesty. I don’t shy away from tough topics or conversations, which show themselves in my work and through my character development.
I work in arts education for the great state of Wyoming. And, I’m also fortunate to teach fiction writing courses at our local community college. Like my dad, I believe anyone can write and sometimes they just need a little inspiration and direction. So, I’m the lucky one who gets to work with writers on their path toward publication.
I’m mom to four pretty amazing kids. My identical twin boys are hardworking, fun-loving young adults, my only daughter is a strong, independent young woman, who is away at college, and my youngest son, in junior high, keeps me young and on the go.
Life is beautiful, messy, and unpredictable. Writing about life and all it’s variations gives me great joy and is my perfect escape. I hope reading is your perfect escape.