I’m a writer living in northern California with my husband and our two children, and a super-affectionate cat who likes to play catch. I’ve sold clothing and kitchenware, waited tables, managed a bookstore, taught ninth-grade English and English to speakers of other languages, and birthed two children (not all in the same day). I graduated from Dominican University of California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English emphasizing Creative Writing, and earned my Master’s Degree in Linguistics from UC Davis.

I’m a member of the SCBWI and co-edit my regional newsletter. I used to blog at this site, but now you can find me blogging twice a month with the YA Muses.

Here are some of my favorite words:

epiphany, compassion, symphony, nectar, lackadaisical, tone, skullduggery, lavendar, bride, sesquipedalian (had to look up the spelling of that one), lullaby, ancient, ocean, defenestrate, haruspex (although I can’t remember what it means), joy, blackbird.

(I overuse parentheses.)

Feel free to browse the archives. If you’re new here and want to see some of my more popular writing posts, here are a few links:

Colonel Shifty’s Handy Dandy Dictionary of Publishing Terms for the Lucky People Who Care for Writers

The Seven Stages of Receiving Critique on a Manuscript

Seven Things Your Writer Needs to Hear

The Query-Go-Round

Writing Prompt: Found Letter

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