Writer of fiction (mostly) and lover of books (always)

Childhood and Books


Once upon a time there was a little girl who loved to read. She looked forward to weekly visits to the library, where she would check out four books at a time, most of which she would read in the next day or so. It was hard deciding which books to check out each week, but not the hardest reading related activity she had.

The hardest was to decide books to buy at book ordering time. She would pour over the colorful book flyers, having to eliminate options to come down to the maximum amount of books her mom had set for purchase. Happy were the days the orders came in and she carried new treasures home.

Adulthood and Books

The little girl grew up, married, and started a family. She still read, but it was much harder to do when her kids were still young. As they grew, she continued to read, astonishing her children when she read an entire book—several hundred pages—in a single day.

Books and Writing


Other important changes came along. One was the Internet, and eventually, through a fan fiction site, she discovered a love for writing. Eventually, her kids grew up and she needed to figure out what to do with her life because her days as a stay-at-home mom were drawing to an end and she was excited, but confused, as to what the future held. After several conversations with her supportive husband, she had a plan.

Hitting the books


In 2007, she went back to school and graduated in 2010 with a BA in English. That fall, she continued her schooling, and in January 2013, received an MFA in fiction writing from her low-residency MFA program. That fall, she returned to her alma mater as an adjunct instructor—with blue and purple streaks in her hair—in the English department. It was weird and took some getting used to because the faculty members were no longer her teachers, but her colleagues.

In addition to teaching, she continues to read as much as she can and write fiction. In his book Culture Care, the artist Makoto Fujimura writes about the mearcstapas, and Old English word meaning border-walkers or border-stalkers. Her goal in writing is to be a mearcstapas or a border-stalker, writing about the what if’s and whys of life.


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