I grew up in the cornfields of the American Midwest. I wrote my first poem (an ode to Harrison Ford) at the age of nine, and have seldom put a pen down since. Fairy tales, dramatic stories, characters who struggle to understand their places in the world all inspired me as a child. The works of Shakespeare, Lloyd Alexander, Neil Gaimon, Hillary Mantel and Toni Morrison (to name a few)continue to fuel my imagination.
I studied at Illinois State University where I was privileged enough to learn from the late David Foster Wallace (he gave me an A). I combined my love of creative writing and theatre while studying for a Master’s Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I first discovered the true joy of creation when I wrote While the City Sleeps, a radio play inspired by my love of film noire. When it aired on a local radio station 31st October 1997, I understood the deep fulfillment of making something out of nothing and seeing it to the end.
Ah but I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now…
After graduate school, I moved briefly to New York City, where I met my soul mate on-line at a Xena Warrior Princess Fan site. I soon relocated to the United Kingdom and began teaching English and Drama at Sherburn High School, North Yorkshire. I took my love of script writing with me, adapting Taming of a Shrew, Second Shepherds’s Play and Wars of the Roses for my students to perform.
Tangwystl the Unwanted, my first published short story, appeared in Crossed Genres’ Fat Girl in a Strange Land Anthology in February 2012. Since then, I have been developing my own blog Yankee in Yorkshire,contributing to the feminist blog Doctor Her and completing two more short stories. Recently, I signed with Gaia Banks of the Sheil Land Agency. My first novel A Circle of Lost Sisters, a Young Adult fantasy, will be seeking a publishing home in 2013.
When not writing, I divide my time (mostly evenly) between raising my daughters Freya and Juliet, teaching classes, reading, making things and enjoying the great Yorkshire Countryside.