Gloria’s fondness for the art of storytelling began in elementary school when she discovered Nancy Drew mysteries. The books ignited her curiosity and assured her girls can do anything.
Words have always played an important role in Gloria’s life. She found her niche in high school where she excelled in public speaking. In junior college, she won numerous speaking awards including both a state and national championship in debate. These accomplishments resulted in a scholarship to the University of Southern California where she completed her undergraduate degree. As a member of the USC forensic team, she had the opportunity to travel to other states and interact with people from diverse backgrounds.
Graduate school was temporarily interrupted by marriage and motherhood. As a stay-at-home mom, she spent several years collaborating with her USC debate partner to produce the scholarly work, We Shall Be Heard: Women Speakers in America. A first of its kind, this collection of speeches by women and original essays filled a void in the study of American public address.
Master’s degree in hand, the early years of her career were spent as an adjunct professor of speech communication. Her husband’s occupation moved the family to New Mexico where she became a high school teacher as well as a speech and debate coach. During her tenure as a coach, she was recognized as Speech Coach of the Year and later Debate Coach of the Year by the New Mexico Speech Association.
Now, Gloria has embarked on a second career as a writer. Her first novel, Quinn’s Quest, has been featured on national television, placed in the “Beach Book Festival,” and received recognition in the “Best Books” competition of USABookNews.com. She is currently working on a mystery set in New Mexico.
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