I was born in NYC and grew up in Ventnor and Linwood, two South Jersey towns. After completing a B.A. at Sarah Lawrence College and an M.F.A. at the University of Florida, I started but didn't finish a Ph.D. at the University of Utah. Despite abandoning the graduate program that had been my raison d'être for moving to Salt Lake City, I stayed for 16 years, during which I had several career changes, made good friends, and met my husband, Kelly.
We relocated to the Florida panhandle in 2008 to get away from the Wasatch Front's crummy air quality and to be near my grandparents, who'd moved into an assisted living facility in Gulf Breeze the year before. My grandfather lived until 2014, my grandmother until 2017.
After the move I made a few more career jumps before settling into the affordable housing industry courtesy of the City of Pensacola's Housing Division, where I've worked since 2010. Kelly and I now live in the Myrtle Grove neighborhood of Pensacola with our soviet space dogs, Maggie and Franklin; our cats, Spot and Dot; and our oak trees, Oakey, Pokey, and Hokey. Our first dog squad, Feldman and Roxy, both died in 2018, to our everlasting sorrow.
My debut novel, Mitigating Circumstances, an environmental mystery set in Gulf Breeze, was published by Five Star/Cengage in January 2014. Kirkus called it "an enjoyable read with strong, likable women holding center stage."
In early 2019, I finished another novel, a family saga that's preoccupied me for decades, and I'm currently shopping it to publishers. Shorter examples of my writing (poems, short stories, very short stories, extremely short stories, essays, blog posts, business writing, etc.) can be found scattered around the World Wide Web.