Top Five Transformative Moments of My Life

(in chronological order)

 

  1. My father gave me a GIANT book of world mythology when I was eight years old.

  2. Mr. Kingsley, librarian extraordinaire, read the first book of Susan Cooper's enthralling The Dark is Rising series to my third grade class. (I devoured the rest on my own.)

  3. In the seventh grade, Kristen DePonte advised me to start shaving my legs and passed me a historical romance during study hall.

  4. Professor Steinbrink said to me during office hours, "You should seriously think about doing this for a living. Writing, I mean."

  5. I got an MFA in Creative Writing. My greatest and only act of rebellion.

Today I write emotionally-driven, epic urban fantasies that explore questions about love, family and self amidst bizarre creatures, odd goings on and the end of the world.

I've been a member of RWA since 2004 and live in the ghetto in New Haven, Connecticut (ghetto adjacent, actually) with my chow mix, Glory, who enjoys long walks, terrorizing woodland creatures and shedding.