About

London, New York, Sydney, Anchorage, Hong Kong, Lima, Seattle; it goes on and on. I never sat still for long and I sound like that braggart who wrote the song “I’ve Been Everywhere Mate.” But I haven’t been everywhere. There are still a few places left for me to explore.

And it is possible that I have become an “over the hill” hippie for I currently live very happily on a mountain top overlooking the ocean in Queensland Australia. I’m surrounded by wallabies, parrots, wild turkeys, fowls and snakes.  Oh! And did I forget to mention family? Along the way, I managed to adopt and raise six children from; India, Columbia, Korea, and the USA. There are also four grown step-children and two protégé’s. Some of these live with me, some are back in the States where I spent much of my life and one protégé is in India.

Of course I love reading; bio’s, history, fiction. One can lose themselves when there are no commercial breaks. And who could live without music? Jazz and Blues, C&W are my favorites but most music turns me on. Just a few of my many favorites are Spiro Giro, Herbie Hancock, David Sanborn, Thelonious Monk, Coltrane, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, Toby Keith, B.B. King, Tony Bennet, and of course, the disarmingly down-to-earth, Pink.

When not reading, writing or listening to music, I collect antique jewelry, particularly old cameos. And then there is gardening!   My small mountain community is renowned for its lovely gardens. Alas! Mine is not one of them. I do love flowers but I’ve killed more plants than you could find in Vancouver’s Butchart Gardens.

I enjoy camping – real camping – in a tent, of course. And when I’m not short of money, I prefer five star hotels. I was never one for the middle-of-the-road.

A favorite evening pastime is watching a full moon rise over the ocean, large and yellow as it casts mysterious shadows through the gum trees. It is best watched with a glass of Merlot in the hand and a good friend or two at the elbow

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. darlenecraviotto
    Sep 08, 2012 @ 06:28:01

    Have you written any other books? I read “Goodbye, Junie Moon” and enjoyed it a lot. Please point me in the right direction if you have any other titles out. Have you written about all the children you’ve adopted and raised? That sounds as though that would make for a fascinating memoir.

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  2. June Collins
    Sep 08, 2012 @ 08:14:52

    I co-wrote the Khaki Mafia with Robin Moore of The Green Beret and The French Connection fame. Because The Khaki Mafia was ‘fictionalized’, I wrote Goodbye Junie Moon as I felt the story, when entirely true needed no padding. Also, I wanted to show how life can turn a modest girl into an entirely different person. I have almost finished a sequel which shows the conflict of trying to give up my partying ways to become an acceptable mother to an adopted child. After seeing the street orphans in poverty stricken countries, I felt I could not live with myself if I didn’t take one. It was far from easy – especially in the 1970’s; and impossible for a single woman. I set about finding a husband to achieve those ends. My sequel, not yet named, ends when I pick up my son from the airport.

    I don’t think I want to write a third one about my children. I took only scarred children and it wasn’t all beer and skittles. Also, they are entitled to their privacy. Most probably I will just add an epilogue to the un-named story, mentioning that I ended up with six.

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  3. Judi Haley Schoppmann
    Feb 20, 2013 @ 19:24:52

    I just finished reading “Goodbye Junie Moon” last night! WOW what a story – you are an amazing woman and I greatly admire you for what you did. I’m anxious to read the sequel and hope it’s out soon. Thank you for a wonderful and candid book. 🙂

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  4. gpcox
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 09:57:11

    Wonderful intro, think most of us WANT to BE you.

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  5. Deborah Saunders
    Jul 31, 2013 @ 18:33:47

    I love both Goodbye Junie Moon and Junie Moon Rising. For those of us old enough to have lived through the Vietnam war you gave another perspective. It was interesting to note that the same companies involved in scams back then are the same ones involved today. Thanks for your books I couldn’t put them down…well I was reading on an e-reader so I guess the proper terminology is I couldn’t turn it off. Hope to read more from you in the future.

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  6. Freddy Bailey
    Feb 04, 2014 @ 14:38:17

    Junie,
    My name is Freddy Bailey, I am the Official British Coin Machine Industry Historian. Several years ago an old friend of mine died, his name was Martin Bromley, he was one of the richest men in the World, he made a large part of his fortune by operating slot machines in the U. S. Military clubs based around the World, During the Vietnam campaign he backed a man called William J. Crumm who was called “The Money King of Vietnam” it is my understanding that you could have come into contact with some of the officers and other corrupt people that rakled in the millions during the Vietnam war.

    Over the years I have gathered a lot of information on these characters especially Martin Bromley who was a close friend for more than 40 years. I would love to talk to you about the goings on in those clubs during the 1960’s, and perhaps you would like to collaberate with me on this intreging subject. I can be reached at anglobritish@aol.com if you send me a phone number I will call you to discuss this project.

    Freddy Bailey

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  7. Von Jennings
    Jan 12, 2015 @ 18:09:40

    Junie: My name is Von Jennings. I have read all three of your books, two you wrote and the other one with Robin Moore. I have a unusual connection with what you did in Vietnam. I was in-country from May 1968 until May 1969 as an infantryman with the 82d Airborne Division. Our rear area was at Camp Eagle in I Corps near Phu Bai until October when our Brigade was moved south near Cu Chi.. I was wounded twice but made it through Vietnam and made it home on the Freedom Bird. Our unit was in the field a lot but I distinctly remember coming back to the rear and going to shows with bands, especially near Saigon/Chu Chi area. Unfortunately, I don’t remember any that you were a part of. My memory is not as good anymore. Most of the time we were pretty well dosed on alcohol at the time. I appreciate what you said in your book about the infantrymen compared to the soldiers in the rear, what we called “REMFS” (Rear Echolon Mother ——-s). You could always tell the soldiers fighting because when we came in we were dirty, boots mostly turned brown because of all the mud and dirt. Anyway, after my Vietnam tour I went back to college finished my degree and of all things went back in the Army as a warrant officer CID agent.

    What you did in Vietnam is very well remembered by the CID, especially some of the old timers. Your case was probably the thing that got CID into it’s own command. That way we didn’t report to the Post Commander or post Provost Marshall. We had our own command chain directly to the Secretary of the Army.
    Additionally, what you did prompted the Department of the Army to initiate regulations controlling the club system within the Army. As a CID agent I had some cases in my career involving illegal activities with the clubs. Of course, not as widespread when you were there and most of the cases I had were individual in nature.

    In closing, I thank you not only as a retired CID agent warrant officer but as a long ago infantryman in Vietnam. Your brave actions paved the way for the legitimizing of the club system in the Army and the establishment of the CID Command. You are one brave and intelligent woman.

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