About the Author

Dierdre Wolownick grew up in New York City and has lived and worked in many parts of the world.  Since 1971, she’s taught five foreign languages on three continents, and recently retired from American River College, near her home in Carmichael, California, where she taught French, Spanish and ESL. 

Her writing has appeared in books, in magazines world-wide, and has won awards. In 1993 she created an independent publishing company which produced several award-winners and international sellers.  A musician all her life, Dierdre founded and conducted the West Sacramento Community Orchestra, and has played in orchestras in New York and California, either as principal flute or clarinet, or as solo or duet performer on piano.

At the age of 55, Dierdre began long-distance running, and her career includes numerous marathons, half-marathons and other races. At 58, she began rock climbing, and at the age of 66 became the oldest woman to climb Yosemite’s iconic El Capitan. 

She continues to be a motivational speaker and a performing musician. 

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