I wanted to be a writer for as long as I remember. I was always a chatty kid - my pediatrician called me Magpie. My great aunt says when I was seven I'd tell her endless stories when I should have been sleeping. Mom and Dad bought my first typewriter when I was 10 and an awesome electric Smith-Corona when I was 12. I cranked out manuscripts, using lots of whiteout tape. After grad school, I let life distract me for a few years (okay 15 actually), before I sat down at the keyboard again and decided I'm doing this. Now I write young adult and contemporary fiction, mostly novels and some short stories. I'm represented by The Purcell Agency and we are pitching my first YA novel, Next to Normal. I'm also an active member of SCBWI-Carolinas and founding member of the awesome critique group The Write Brainers.
'Bathtub Sleepers' - published in the anthology Terrors Unimagined by Left Hand Publishers. Summer 2018.
'The Lightning Chronicles' - featured in the Charlotte Writer's Group anthology, It's About Time. June 2017
'The Playground' - featured in the Charlotte Writer's Group anthology, It's About Time. June 2017
(available on Amazon)
I'm also award winning as I took First Place at the 2014 UW-Madison Writers' Institute Poem or First Page Contest for the first page from my short story, The International Package.
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