I am a wife and mother living and writing in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. I am also a Co-Founder and Editor at Haunted Waters Press, an independent publisher located along the banks of the Shenandoah River. I am currently editing my fifth novel. When I'm not writing, I enjoy quilting, geocaching, traveling, blogging, and spending time with my family and my muse, a feisty Jack Russell Terrier who occasionally answers to the name of Lucy.
Much to my parent’s dismay, I grew up telling everyone who would listen that I was adopted or switched at birth, neither of which was true. When asked why I made up such a story, I respond, “Maybe I just wanted a life less ordinary.” Or maybe it was just a sign that I would grow up to become a storyteller.
Sometime around the age of eight, I started writing. It began with a short essay about my true encounters with two houseflies by the names of Charlie and Freckles and continued with stories about an invisible blind cat who ran into furniture and a giant talking turtle who stalked me in the basement; all characters in my life less ordinary.
Now that I'm all grown up, my roles as daughter, sister, wife and mother have taught me that the unexpected twists and turns of real life are at the heart of every good story. Still, the child within embraces the origins of my writing and I never underestimate the power of a talking turtle.
I can be found online at:
Haunted Waters Press
On Twitter at
ShenValleyWrimo on Twitter
- Municipal Liaison
- Front Royal, Virginia
- Spending time with my Family, Training My Muse Lucy, Geocaching, Quilting, COD Junkie (I am so ashamed!)
- Favorite noveling music:
- James Blunt, Jack Johnson, Dido, Norah Jones, 500 Days of Summer Soundtrack
- Writer, Editor & Publisher, Haunted Waters Press
- Favorite books or authors:
- A River Runs Through It, Princess Bride, Bridgette Jones, Snow Falling on Cedars, Desperation, Of Mice and Men, Hannah and the Mountain, Pride and Prejudice , Helen Fielding, Norman Mailer, David Guterson, Stephen King, John Steinbeck, Jonathan Johnson, Nicholas Sparks, Jane Austen,