Photo by Jay Kenton Manning, April, 2020
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I am an award-winning novelist living in the Southeastern United States, surrounded by Spanish moss dripping over ancient graveyards, the sweetest folks on the planet, and two rivers ripe for sailing!
A bit about my writing life:
*I received my BA in Theatre from California State Long Beach, the primary focus on play-writing and directing.
* I taught high school and college English for nine years and currently work as a private tutor.
* I pound the keys four days a week without fail.
* I am blessed to have an amazing literary agent.
Who am I outside of work?
* The happy wife of an adorable artist.
* The middle child in a family of all girls (You were a champ, Dad!).
* A lover of all that is newsworthy, historic, musical, heart-warming, kitty-catish, or super-duper weird.
* A traveler who enjoys a backpack slung over my shoulder, a chunk of cheese to eat on the train, and a stout beer waiting for me at the other end.
What I am working on in 2021:
My novel, Knock on Wood, has just been adapted into a stage musical.
Writing a Middle Grade historical fiction.
Prepping for my new YA, out in early autumn, 2021.
* At nineteen I moved from Maryland to California to become an actress.
* By twenty-three I had become an award-winning waitress.
* I did not discover I was a writer until the age of thirty-four.
* I traded the Wild West for the Sleepy South for artistic inspiration.
* I sing (a lot), play the violin (when no one is listening) and mess around on the piano (in music stores)!
* My first novel hides in a box and has never been seen by my agent.
* I have never EVER had writer's block.
Listen to this fun podcast discussing my women's fiction novel, GAGA, which is a Self-e Library Selection.
Or this podcast on StoryBeat, with the amazing host Steve Cuden.
Check out this television interview where I discuss my Young Adult novel, Upside Down in a Laura Ingalls Town (forward to 30:30), winner of the Sarton Women's Literary Award the North Carolina Author Project Award, and a Taleflick Road to Discovery Semi-finalist.
And thanks to FOLKS Journal for giving me this spread. (Pages 20-23).
Other cool places you can find me: