I grew up in Southern California. Received Bachelor of Arts degrees in English & Philosophy from the University of California, Irvine.
After graduation, I moved from West Coast to East Coast and back.
Under the tutelage of a great mentor in San Francisco, I actually wrote things with a beginning, middle and end, including short stories and parts of a novel. Working with this mentor gave me the courage and discipline to become a ‘real’ writer.
With my mentor’s encouragement, I decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Creative Writing. Real writer, indeed.
I attended Goddard College, a crazy and wonderful haven for writers in the woods of northern Vermont. I went through the low-residency program – a perfect way for grownups to write and attend school without having to move or quit working to pay the rent. Check it out.
After two years, I graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, a completed thesis (a short story collection), and a rough draft of a novel.
Since then, I have moved again to the East Coast and now settled in the Midwest.
I live a dual life – during the weekdays I earn a paycheck working in nonprofit communications. Otherwise, I read fiction. I write fiction. I re-write fiction.
My debut collection of short stories, Welcome, Anybody, was published in 2012 by Press 53 – a dream come true. I continue to write and publish stories and poetry while working on a few novels and screenplays.