Born in the high desert country, in Alamagordo, New Mexico, Florence loved exploring the wilderness on foot and horseback. Those grandiose landscapes formed her sensibility. Hidden pockets of unexpected greenery tucked away near springs in folds of barren mountainsides spoke to her of gentleness and beauty in an otherwise harsh world. She published her first poem in a children’s magazine shortly after she learned to read at age four; wrote her first ‘novel’ at age six, entitled Ywain, King of All Cats. She illustrated the ‘book’ herself.

She traveled extensively with her military family during World Ward II. With her husband the brilliant scholar and teacher, Kurt Weinberg, she worked and traveled in Canada, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. After earning her PhD, she taught for four years at The University of Rochester, NY, twenty-two years at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, and for ten at Trinity University in San Antonio. She published four scholarly books, many articles and book reviews, doing research in the U.S. and abroad.

When, after retiring in 1999, she was freed from academia to devote herself to writing fiction, she produced ten novels, ranging from fantasy to historical romance and mystery. Nine are now in print at Twilight Times Books and one in progress on the author’s desk.

Her favorite animals are dogs, horses-an intense love affair over many years-and cats, her constant companions. She enjoys music, traveling, hiking, biking, gardening, and swimming.

Scholarly works:

The Wine and the Will: Rabelais’s Bacchic Christianity (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1972)

Gargantua in a Convex Mirror: Fischart’s View of Rabelais (New York and Berne: Peter Lang, 1986)

The Cave: The Evolution of a Metaphoric Field from Homer to Ariosto (New York and Berne: Peter Lang, 1986)

Rabelais et les leçons du rire: paraboles évangéliques et néoplatoniciennes (Orléans: Editions Paradigme, 2000)

In addition, many articles in learned journals on French and Spanish Renaissance subjects, contributions to literary dictionaries, Festschrifts, collected volumes, etc. Also, many reviews in specialized journals on French literature both in this country and abroad.

(See Curriculum Vitae)

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