I grew up in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, and began working for the Mt. Sterling Advocate as a fill-in sportswriter, occasional columnist, and in advertising sales at 15 years old. I graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1994 with a history major and a minor in English. Twenty-two years later, I obtained my MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Tampa.
I worked in executive sales management for over fifteen years in both print and online advertising. Between 2009 and 2011, I worked for a non-profit organization, traveling to Ghana, West Africa, to assist with long-term care and housing for formerly trafficked children. In 2011, I left the nine-to-five world to become a full-time writer. Since then, my poetry, short stories, and essays have been published in print and in online literary journals, and I’ve published several hundred freelance articles and advertorials for multiple magazine groups. My latest essay, “The Turn of the Dial,” was published in Parabola’s spring, 2017 edition.
Once, I wrote the same novel three times over and because of that I’m still represented by Leigh Feldman of Leigh Feldman Literary, who believed in me and gave me a shot. In 2017, I was awarded an Artists’ Enrichment grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. In 2014, I was named a finalist for the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Novel-in-Progress Award. Today, I live with my husband and our teenagers in the suburbs of Tampa. I work in advertising for the Tampa Bay Times and still freelance for magazine groups and write fiction, essays, and stories on the side. One day, I’ll write another novel. But not today.