About Me

I was born on April 19th, 1978 in Houston TX, but spent most of my life living in Pennsylvania, and it is Pennsylvania that I now call home.

After graduating from Delaware County Christian School, I attended Bucknell University where I majored in English and Russian. I then went on to receive my MFA in Creative Writing from The Pennsylvania State University, and now I live, quite happily, with my husband, four children ages six and under, and about 2000 books.

About My Agent

I am represented by Rachel Sussman of the Zachary Shuster Harmsworth literary agency. To read more about Zachary Shuster Harmsworth, click here.

About My Latest Project

An unknown name, a faraway place, a forgotten voice. The stories of the women in the New Testament are barely fragments, yet once they were as rich and full as the lives of the women who lived them.

Although their voices have been stilled for millennia, their stories are still our stories, their hopes and dreams and fears our own. Love, lust, frustration, and anger, fear and shame and faith...all play out against the backdrop of a world where women’s voices, women’s lives, were constantly denigrated.

A cripple who fears her sins have brought about her paralysis. A teenage girl living on the streets. A mother who only has eyes for her son, a woman whose lover is not her husband. Their stories and others show us the world of these women through their own eyes, as each one ultimately has her life changed -- for better or worse -- through an encounter with Christ.

This Crowded Night
A collection of short stories forthcoming from DreamSeeker Books, an imprint of Cascadia Publishing House

About My Penultimate Project

Mama, PhD: Women Write About Motherhood and Academic Life is a literary anthology of deeply-felt personal narratives by smart, interesting women both in and out of the academy, writing about their experiences attempting to reconcile bodies with brains.

Co-edited with Literary Mama editor Caroline Grant, this anthology voices stories of academic women choosing to have, not have, or delay children. The essays in this anthology will speak to and offer support for any woman attempting to combine work and family, and will make recommendations on how to make the academy a more family-friendly workplace.

Caroline and I decided to assemble this collection because it's the book we needed when we entered graduate school and the academic job market. We wanted to know that blending family and work is possible; now, we want to show how other women are attempting this complex balancing act. We want their stories to be told, so that women can make informed decisions about their careers and families, and to compel universities to make the changes families need. We hope this book will encourage and inspire women as they decide if, when, and how to combine motherhood and academic work.

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