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This is the place where I’m supposed to talk about myself. I’ve never been very good at talking about myself, but I’ll give it a try…

I grew up in Massachusetts in a house filled with books and cats. Perhaps this is why so many of my earliest works of fiction featured cats (talking cats, magic cats, cats who transformed into people, etc.). Too bad cat fiction isn’t really a genre.

My younger brother and I spent a lot of time playing in the woods, pretending we were everything from Native Americans, to Egyptians, to wizards.

For as long as I can remember I’ve kept journals and notebooks with bits of poems and story kernels. I won a few essay contests in middle school, but I credited my success to my overachieving work ethic and the lack of motivation from my peers.

It wasn’t until I had a great creative writing teacher in high school that I thought about writing novels. Writing was something I enjoyed doing, but I never thought I would make a living doing it.

Fast forward to my first year of college. I’m a chemistry major? (It seems unreal now). I took a required writing composition course and I realized I enjoyed writing more than I would ever enjoy chemistry calculations or titration experiments (WHY WAS IT ALWAYS RED!?).

So I switched gears, declared myself an English major and I’ve never looked back. I graduated with a B.A. from Gettysburg College, where I worked on the student newspaper all four years and met my husband. Then I went to get my MFA from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program. Getting my MFA was the best thing I could have done for my writing career. Not only did I get to work with some amazing writers, but it taught me the discipline needed to have a long-term writing career. My MFA program also taught me how to take criticism from peers and how to navigate the business side of writing and getting published.

Writing can be a pretty thankless job, but I do it because I love to live inside other people (which sounds creepier and stickier than it is). I like to invent new worlds, or reimagine the past.

In addition to posting news about my upcoming projects, I will also blog about writing advice, books, and authors I admire. Please feel free to reach out to me on Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads!



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