photo by Sara Miller

Like many writers, I can trace my fascination with storytelling back to my youth, running through the woods with my brothers and imagining mystical worlds, epic battles, and tales of survival. Over the years, I've told stories through drawing, music, photography, and writing. 

My first novel, Among the Jewels, began as a short story collection I wrote for my graduate thesis. It's about a teenager struggling to find her identity after the death of a loved one.

While working as a youth counselor and teacher, I wrote my second novel, Too Big for Words. It's about a teenager struggling to find his identity after he learns he's about to become a father. 

I wrote Camper Girl, my third and most recent effort, during National Novel Writing MonthAnd, yup, it's about a teenager struggling with identity issues! ​Go here to find out more.

Several of my stories and poems have been published and have earned honors from the Adirondack Writing Center, SCBWI, and the Pushcart Prize.  


Since earning BA and MA degrees in English, I have furthered my education through UCLA ExtensionHighlights, SCBWI, and Vermont College of Fine Arts.


I currently teach college English and volunteer as an ESL tutor, mentor for at-risk youth, and reader for the visually impaired.