I grew up in the suburbs of Denver, then after graduating high school drove off to attend Arizona State University where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television Production with an emphasis on screenwriting. I studied under Stephen Geller who wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's novel Slaughterhouse-Five. He told me that my writing was “dark” but that he liked it. I’ll take it.

After graduating, I roamed a bit, working and living in Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. Then I landed a job working in Antarctica. I spent three austral summers for five months at a time working on the highest, coldest, windiest, most dangerous continent on earth. It was a fantastic atmosphere, and I know that in subtle ways, it has influenced my writing.

Although I quit deploying, I continued to work for the U.S. Antarctic Program as a technical and web writer and editor. While working, I entered a graduate program at the University of Denver and obtained a master’s degree in Liberal Studies with Advanced Studies in Creative Writing.

I married an English man, and after having a baby, I stopped working for the Program and began caring for my daughter fulltime. She is a quirky, kind, hilarious, happy girl who also happens to have neurofibromatosis-1 (NF-1), Aspergers Syndrome, and a little ADHD and OCD thrown in for kicks. I joke, but as any parent who ended up in “Holland”  can appreciate, raising a special needs child is the most challenging thing I’ve ever done in my life. And I love her more than anything.

I live with my husband, daughter, two Weimaraners, and a cat in the foothills of Colorado. In the little spare time that I have--when I'm not spending it reading, hiking, or camping--I write. I write to connect with others, I write for my daughter, and like most writers, I write for the simple reason that I have to get the stories out of my head.