THE OFFICIAL STUFF:
I am a writer and teacher. I recently finished my first novel, Jules and the Djinn-Master: a Middle-Grade fantasy novel. I went to Seattle Pacific University for a degree in English literature and creative writing. Hermione Granger and I share some common features: frizzy hair, bossiness (when not kept in check), and being a bookworm.
The writing life is often a solitary path. When I first started to write, there was so much about the process that made me wonder if I were 1. a crazy person, 2. a total slacker, or 3. simply a hack. Then I read other writers who shared about their own writing experiences. I realized I wasn’t crazy. It’s hard to be your own boss. This is a place to share my own writing life, both the elements of the craft as well as short essays. Maybe I’ll talk someone else down from off the ledge.
HOW I GOT HERE:
I grew up in Seattle, where as a kid I could usually be found up a tree with a book or on a stage in a costume. I’ve lived in England, Switzerland, Colorado, Maine, and Canada, among other places, and I love the mountains and the ocean–especially if I can get both at once.
In 2007, I started writing Jules and the Djinn-Master, inspired by author Anne Lamott’s exhortation to “Write what you would love to come upon.” C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkein, and Madeleine L’Engle’s fantasies had always delighted me, and I wrote Jules with them in mind.
I currently live in Edmonds, Washington with my husband Matt (a boat designer), daughter Avonlea (2), and son Corin (0). I also teach high school writing.