I have wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. My favorite books when I was growing up were Doctor Goat, the Little House Series and Nancy Drew. Later I loved biographies and historical novels that fueled my interest in American history.
I was reared in Shelby County, Illinois and majored in journalism at the University of Missouri and studied one special semester in Brighton, England. Years later, I earned an MFA degree through the Stonecoast Creative Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine.
I was fortunate to have parents who provided me with books. Like many would-be writers, I drew cartoons and wrote stories using my parents’ Smith-Corona typewriter, a manual model with the red and black ribbon.
In the mid-Sixties, Patricia Crowley starred in a short-lived TV series, “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies,” based on a Doris Day movie. The lead character, Joan Nash, was a suburban mom who wrote from home. She had children and a shaggy dog and enjoyed capturing life in her stories. It looked like fun. I wanted to be Joan Nash when I grew up.
I wrote Dining with Robert Redford & Other Stories (Little Creek 2011) and am co-editor of Idol Talk: Women Writers on the Teenage Infatuations That Changed Their Lives (McFarland 2018). My co-editor, Elizabeth Searle, and I are proud to share this collection with you–the first-ever anthology of female authors’ essays about their teen idol crushes.
I have contributed to WFAEats, a blog affiliated with National Public Radio in Charlotte. My work has been anthologized by Chicken Soup for the Soul, Chocolate for Women, Main Street Rag Publishing and the New American Press, among others. Articles have appeared in Our State and The Charlotte Observer while my creative work has been published in storySouth, North Carolina Literary Review, The New Guard and elsewhere.
My work has been honored with the Jesse Stuart Prize for Young Adult Fiction, three-time winner of the Children’s Story Contest sponsored by Charlotte Writers Club and two-time finalist for Press 53 Open Award for the Novella. I’m also a Fellow at the Virginia Center of Creative Arts. I do manuscript critiques for the North Carolina Writers Network and serve as a Road Scholar speaker for the North Carolina Humanities Council.
I live near Newton, North Carolina.