Why I write:
Akira Kurosawa said: “To be an artist means never to avert one’s eyes.” I’m passionate about stories that look into the shadows of our vulnerability and challenge us to see the white-hot center of who we are. For me, reading and writing is a safe place to explore the depths of humanity, what we desire, and the secrets we hide.
I grew up on the small island of Mount Desert off the coast of Maine. I’ve since moved to sunny Southern California, but my heart still yearns for the delicious colors of autumn. I love polka dots, baking, and dying my hair every color of the rainbow.
My professional life and education:
I hold an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College of Fine Arts and an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman University. I also have a BFA in Illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art. I’ve been a freelance story editor, illustrator, and graphic designer for many years. In addition, I’ve taught college classes, worked on film sets, and been a children’s bookseller. All We Left Behind is my first novel.