About Me

I was kind of a weird kid and I've always had stories in my head that came out through my drawings. My mom was nice enough to save them. For example, I drew this when I was about 4 or 5 and I remember it being about some sort of billboard dating service.

I'm not sure why Pete is crying, but apparently his ad campaign to get a date wasn't working out so well.

 11 or 12 years later and I was still doodling in my spare time...

I drove a 1985 Toyota van in high school and locked it with The Club. But in real life I never fought off bad guys.
That would be cool though :)

 After high school, I went off to Eastern Arizona College. I loved going to school and living on my own. I had some of my best and worst experiences ever. Those two years really shaped me as a person. I met my husband there and we started our life together in Mesa, Arizona while both attending Arizona State University. I often wrote down snippets of book ideas on scraps of paper or receipts as I sat in class or while at work. My whole department smoked, so I took 15 minute breaks when they did, using the time to jot down notes. The idea for The Truth About Running came to me at work one day, and I wrote down as much of it as I could on the back of an envelope during my lunch break. I have since revised this (the title used to be What Not to Say When You're Running Away) and I love the updates to the story and my beautiful new cover.

That book was the start of realizing I could write a whole novel, and that I loved it!

As far as my non-writing hobbies? I love to read and do family history. There is a very cool site called fultonhistory.com and this guy has searchable archives of all the New York and surrounding area newspapers. It's an amazing resource for family history or any kind of historical research.

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