*I was born in Kentucky, where I lived for the first seven years of life, until my family moved to Texas, where my parents have put down permanent roots.

*I grew up, married, had three children, and married again, all the while availing myself of the many books available in the libraries at home, at school, at church, and public libraries.

*When I was thirty-one, I took my first creative writing class at Greenville Tech in Greenville, SC. The class gave me permission to write and to participate in workshops.

*The first piece of writing I ever submitted was a poem, “Be Quiet Woman,” which was accepted and published in Edge: Creative Loafing, the upstate’s entertainment magazine, in March, 1995.

*We moved to Indianapolis, where I finished my B.A. in English at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. We moved to Milwaukee, where I finished my M.A. and Ph.D. in English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

*My daily life included reading, writing, and editing of various texts and projects, including working as Fiction Editor for cream city review and, later, Fiction Editor for Kestrel, a journal of art and literature.

*I did not know that becoming a grandmother would change my heart and my life. Why didn’t I know?

*After grad school, I landed a tenure-track job at Fairmont State University in Fairmont, WV, where I fell in love with the hills. Some days it feels like Appalachia has called me home.

*I taught many students in many reading- and writing-intensive classes over the course of seven years. Then I retired to write full time and pursue other projects. Veni, vidi, vici.

*Among my current projects is a new novel, tentatively titled “Blowing This Popsicle Stand.”

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