I’ve adored writing from a young age, filling my childhood closet with half-finished manuscripts. In college, I began to write both manuscripts and shorter pieces that I actually finished (well– some of them!), and I haven’t stopped since. My preferences are women’s fiction, especially cozy mysteries, as well as science fiction and adventure. I love to create female characters who are spunky, quirky, or awkward yet also badass. I have a passion for themes about a prevailing underdog and the unexpected victory.
I have a dual-MA in Creative Writing and English Pedagogy from Northern Michigan University and a BA in English Education from UW-La Crosse. My thesis was a compilation of flash fiction pieces that examined the role of motherhood in a way that entwined nonfiction and magical realism. In addition to writing both fiction and freelance, I’ve taught at the university level as well as for a local virtual charter school for several years. When it comes to teaching, I am student-focused, strive for critical thinking and creativity, and adore project-based learning.
My family and I live in the countryside and enjoy play and nature. While coffee is undoubtedly the nurturer of my soul, I also believe that some of life’s best moments occur around a campfire with a little guitar music. In December 2019, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and I now gratefully add “cancer survivor” to my identity.
My Family, Fall 2021