I was born in rural Pennsylvania, in a small town very similar to the one depicted in my first novel, The Past is History. My house had a small creek running behind it. A large downed tree crossed the creek and led to acres of woods. I spent my childhood exploring, catching crayfish, making mud pies, and convincing anyone I encountered that I was a witch who could fly. So in that sense, I guess I’ve been making up stories from an early age. I’ve always loved books. As an only child for the first 11 years of my life, I read constantly. I’ve written on and off for most of my life, but didn’t get serious until about six years ago.
I pursued literature, American studies and the Chinese language at Penn State University for my undergrad, and recently completed an MFA in Creative Writing from UCR Palm Desert. For my MFA, I focused on fiction writing with a cross-genre emphasis in screenwriting. I now write full-time. I’m actively at work on a second novel, and am so pleased that several of my short stories are beginning to get published.
Aside from reading and writing, which probably takes up at least 60% of my waking life, I enjoy cooking, traveling, swimming, dancing, skiing and teaching my five-year-old to read and write. Some of my favorite things are: warmth; knee-high boots; big sweaters; Halloween; red wine; dark chocolate; karaoke; David Lynch; show tunes; theater; foreign films and my favorite guilty-pleasure TV-show in the whole wide world, Glee.