I was born in Texas and grew up in Pennsylvania, thinking I was destined to become a world-famous ballerina. I even studied dance for my first year of college, but grew tired of salads and broken toes and so switched to electrical engineering, since my big brother was an engineer and highly recommended the profession. Unfortunately, I found it tedious and so switched again, to architecture, to satisfy both my artistic and analytical natures. Four years later, I graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and immediately embarked upon a career as an architect. Over the next thirty years, I worked for various Rhode Island companies as well as ran a family firm with the help of my fellow-architect husband, Chris. During that time, we moved to North Kingstown, Rhode Island, and had two beautiful daughters, who have grown into beautiful adults. Julia is an art teacher/administrator in Boston and Laura is an artist/traveler in Tuscon.
I began reading and writing before I entered kindergarten and have maintained a life-long love of literature. Recently, I returned to school and obtained a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Fairfield University. Since graduating, I have transitioned away from being an architect and toward becoming a full-time author, writing instructor, book coach, and editor. My first novel, Frozen Voices, won the Fairfield Book Prize and was published by New Rivers Press in 2016. This work of historical fiction, chronicles the lives of four passengers aboard the Steamship Larchmont when she sank off the coast of Rhode Island in 1907. My second book, Wanton at the Lighthouse, is a middle grade piece of creative non-fiction that tells the true-life stories of Wanton Chase, a young boy who lived with his grandparents at Newport’s Rose Island Lighthouse from 1910 to 1916. Wanton is scheduled to be published by Woodhall Press in Spring 2019. I am currently at work writing another Lighthouse book, a young adult novel, and several articles for various magazines.
Since obtaining my MFA, I have also enjoyed many teaching opportunities. So far, I’ve taught English composition at a community college, several craft seminars for other authors, and a continuing education writing class at the University of Rhode Island. I greatly enjoy teaching and hope to offer book-writing seminars in the near future. In the meantime, I work as an associate editor of a magazine and am coaching other writers in the development of their novels and other literary projects.
When not writing, I enjoy designing and crafting stained glass pieces, taking ballet classes for fun, and spending time with Chris, who is an excellent fiddle player and loves to smoke meat in our backyard. We both appreciate the company of our grumpy cat, Cricket, and are happily anticipating the arrival of our new beagle puppy this summer.