I was born in Flagstaff, AZ, attended some college in Tucson, and then returned to Flagstaff where I attended Northern Arizona University. I studied Psychology and Spanish as an undergrad and Educational counseling in graduate school. I am the youngest of seven children, and had a wonderfully happy childhood. I currently live in Gilbert, AZ with my incredible husband and our three fun and VERY busy kids.
When I started writing, I was at an interesting time in my own life. I had given up my career so that I could stay at home with our first daughter, and I was pregnant with our second little girl. I was tremendously happy to be a mom, but it was not the easiest transition for me because I really loved working in a professional world and found my work to be very rewarding… stressful at times, but rewarding. In my association with the people with whom I worked, I found myself in a constant state of awe as I heard story after story of what other people’s lives were like. After years of hearing stories and being involved in trying to help people put their lives back together or helping them to find the right direction for their lives, my awareness of the diversity in the world continued to grow. I found myself often reflecting on poignant experiences I’d had or witnessing cultural and socioeconomic differences. The vastness of the world and the despair that many people have experienced and are presently experiencing is something that is part of my thoughts on a regular basis. I have become that mom who will excuse my kids from the dinner table if they complain about food because of the fact that the majority of the world is hungry. I suppose the point of all of this is that when I was working outside the home, the kind of work I was doing left me with a feeling of being very much a part of fighting injustice in some of its ugliest forms and helping to uplift and direct people in the pursuit of finding happiness and contentment. I find parenthood to be similar in many ways. I feel like writing is a good way for me to keep flexing my intellectual muscles as well as allowing me to stay connected to this awareness cause that I mentioned. And so I write about deep wounds and the things that help people triumph over struggle.
I’m a firm believer in the magic of laughter and in finding humor wherever you can. Luckily, I live with four nuts who make this a daily occurrence.