I grew up in Portland and Brunswick, Maine. After college in New Hampshire, I moved to Boston and worked for a major publishing firm there, but soon came to my senses—left the city and moved back to Maine.
I lived and worked on a dairy farm, then owned a successful graphic arts business for a number of years before going back to school to earn a degree in sign language interpreting. I spent the next twenty-five years in public education, specializing in English language acquisition for students with cochlear implants.
I believe in community service, believe in giving back. In the past, I’ve volunteered in the history/genealogy room of a public library and served on the board of a domestic violence agency. Presently, I lead a Writers’ Roundtable discussion group for an adult education program and co-facilitate a support group for victims of domestic abuse.
My fiction tends to rise from my fascination with social history and the ordinary experiences and truths we share with those who have lived before us.
My work appeared in an anthology of women writers, Words on Wednesday Night (Reck House Press 2009); my first novel, Household, was released in 2011 (currently out of print, but will be reissued in 2016). Father is here…he’s as fat as a pig, a collection of messages from postcards mailed in Maine before 1920, was also published that year.
In 2013, I was a Maine Literary Award finalist, and in 2014, an excerpt from The Eastern won the Maine Literary Award for Short Fiction.
I love music, and listen to everything from classical and chorale through jazz and swing to folk and bluegrass; can do a mean jitterbug and hold my own at a contradance. I’m drawn to antiques, especially oak furniture, hardware and ephemera—diaries, letters, old photographs and autograph books.
Small pleasures include morning walks in a local cemetery, the NY Times Sunday crossword puzzle, the Boston Red Sox, the spread of iris and day lilies in my back yard, and a small group of very fine friends.
One of the benefits of a writing life is the opportunity to interact with readers—enthusiastic readers are a writer’s delight, and their comments and insights are both gratifying and formative.
I’m available for readings at libraries, bookstores and bookclubs; I also offer informal workshops and roundtable sessions for beginner and intermediate writers’ groups.
Be in touch; I’d be pleased to come for a visit.