I love dressing up as a pirate with a mustache. I also recently gained my motorcycle endorsement. Just so you know. Maybe we can be friends and ride our motorcycles together while wearing eye patches.
Due to an unfortunate and abiding obsession with grammar, I earned an M.Ed. in Adult Education, along with a TESOL certification (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I now teach English language classes online as well as design English language curriculum. This has set me on a mission to help everyone understand the difference between possessive pronouns and possessive adjectives. If that doesn’t bring about world peace, nothing will.
During my undergrad, I worked as literary editor on Spindrift and graduated with a B.A. in Culture, Literature, and the Arts. My first chapbook, Sagebrush and Cedar, was released shortly after. Currently, I am working towards an MFA in Creative Writing from home due to chronic migraines. I have published short fiction in Spartan and am working on the final draft of a novel, The Gods of Kittitas County, addressing a young woman’s loss of faith and the difficult choices she must make in her violent, fundamentalist community.
My next novel, The Life Cycle of Stars, explores a young white woman’s gradual awakening to her own privilege as she discovers her ancestors’ complicity in past atrocities. As a feminist, I am especially interested in women villains, anti-heroes, unreliable narrators, and other assorted scoundrels in petticoats (or skinny jeans). Literature doesn’t have enough of them.
I live in a Seattle suburb with my husband and two cats where I manage migraines, PTSD, and a compulsion to sharpen pencils. All four of us dream of a tiny home in the woods with a wall of built-in bookshelves.