I am a native of Virginia Beach, VA. and still live there, close to the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, with my husband and our three herding dogs and one sassy cat.
A graduate of Ohio State Univeristy's School of Journalism, I have written feature articles and columns for a metropoitan newspaper and regional magazines. I worked in marketing and public relations for several non-profits, producing collateral materials and helping to arrange press events for occasions such as the birth of the first in-vitro baby in the U.S.
Then one day I chucked it all and returned to school at Old Dominion University as a fellow in its MFA creative writing program. Since then I've been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Cooley and Rose, which debuted in March 2013, is my first novel. My second, The Wyatt Sisters' Songs of Sorrow, will come out in 2014. That will be followed by Chic's Beach Stories.
The people of southeastern Virginia and North Carolina, family members -- both living and dead, and the landscape along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean have provided inspiration for many of my stories. (Headshot by Steve Budman.)