Has lived in England, Virginia, North Carolina, and all of the Midwestern “I” states—Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa.
Spends part of each summer at a rustic property on Manitoulin Island, Ontario—her favorite place in the world.
Developed a life-long obsession with dogs and wolves.
Worked at a wolf park in Indiana as a teenager and considered a career as a vet or zoologist.
Decided her love of and talent for writing overshadowed her science skills, so she attended the University of Iowa, where she double majored in English and Journalism. Accepted into an undergraduate version of the famous Writers' Workshop, she learned a lot and brushed shoulders with famous writers. She stayed to get an MA in English literature.
Began teaching writing at a community college
Has held a variety of jobs over the years, mostly as a writing instructor or writing consultant, but including a stint as a bookkeeper (a bit frightening given her inability to balance her own checkbook).
Is married and has two sons, who constantly surprise her (in both good and challenging ways).
Usually lives with at least two dogs. Currently, both are rescue dogs, a sheltie, and a bearded collie mix, who is the goofiest dog she’s ever had.
Her first major publication was in 1994 in the teen magazine Sassy (now defunct).
Has since published stories and essays in a variety of publications(Most of these stories include animals).
Her fiction has won 2nd place in a Family Circle Fiction Contest and an AKC Gazette Fiction Contest.
Her first two novels, A LITTLE MENAGERIE (women's fiction), and STILL LIFE WITH COYOTE (YA), made the rounds in New York with different agents. STILL LIFE went to acquisitions twice, but sadly didn't sell. Her newest YA novel is ALL OUR WOLVES (YA).