Kixx is an author now and a psychologist and coach who loves to read. As Speak From Your Heart and Be Heard: Stories of Courage and Healing came into print recently, she realized a lifelong dream of writing and publishing fiction.

Kixx grew up in post-war Seattle. The jubilation of those days made a deep impression. Her father’s mechanical invention at Boeing was a legend. The population was intoxicated by planes and air travel.

Before following the call of the desert and moving to Arizona, Kixx married a Canadian, lived in Vancouver and raised three children. During those years, she acted in local theater. She played the vindictive Abigail in Arthur Miller’s Crucible. It was her most memorable role and a catalyst in her life.

Kixx earned graduate degrees in educational and counseling psychology. In her private  practice, she helped couples untangle fight cycles and recreate emotional intimacy. She also did individual and family work and taught workshops on personal empowerment and conflict resolution. As a consultant in the public schools, she helped students overcome learning problems and develop social skills.

Kixx published non-fiction articles in psychology journals and feature articles in trade magazines under her given name of Audrey before she adopted the name of “Baby Kixx,” conferred by her husband. She soon shortened it to Kixx.

On a typical Phoenix day in December you can find Kixx, admiring the blush of hibiscus in the desert. On a fine July day, you can find her walking the seawall in Vancouver with her husband, Les, affectionately known to her grandchildren as “Uncle Lester.” You might even see them stop to contemplate the magical Siwash Rock and muse over its Native American folk story.