Like many adult 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.
Since earning BA and MA degrees in English, I have attended workshops through Highlights, 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.
MA: Binghamton University, English
BA: State University of New York at Oswego, English and Fine Arts