I am a Hopeless Romantic...and Bookaholic
I’m more than just a writer. I’m an observer of life. Give me an ice-cold Cherry Coke, and my life is an open book. I love Lemon Head candy, graham crackers and milk, traveling, reading, and taking long naps. I am an incurable romantic, and I love a good love story.
I was born in St. Louis, Missouri, a city I love. Before St. Louis actually became my permanent home, my family lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin: a ridiculously cold city in a ridiculously cold state. At just 25 years old, I migrated back to St. Louis, and my life changed. I have been a special needs teacher, a nanny, a corporate trainer, an Internet radio station owner, a podcast host, and finally, a writer. A self-professed insomniac, I do my best work at 3:00 am. When I’m not writing, I spend most of my time traveling, going to Broadway shows, and pretending I inherited a singing gene so I can belt out show tunes from my favorite cast albums. I am, also, an avid golf fan (watching, not playing).
The best thing I ever did for myself was move to London, UK to study Interdisciplinary Ethics. It sounds lofty, but I did get to study the European philosophers in their own backyard. While in London, I found my “own” adult voice and that, more than anything else, led me to writing.
Now, I leverage my life experiences into short stories and personal essays. Those are my two favorite writing genres, but I’m currently working on a novel set during Pope John Paul II’s 36-hour visit to St. Louis in 1999. Click HERE to follow my Novel Ideas Page, and share my adventures as I write my first book.
- I prefer swimming in rivers and streams rather than pools.
- Some people live “by the book.” I’m not one of them, and I’m just beginning to appreciate the space I occupy in the universe.
- Whales are magnificent, awe-inspiring creatures.
- James Baldwin is my favorite writer, but Norman Mailer is a close second.
- As a huge CASTLE fan, I would love to meet Nathan Fillion one day. I hear he’s a nice guy.
- I am a Pisces. ‘Enuf said.
- Spike Lee and Alfred Hitchcock directed some of my favorite movies. She’s Gotta Have It is still as fresh as it was in 1986.