Education

M.A.    International Affairs. Ohio University, Athens, OH, 1995.

B.A.     French and Psychology. Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA, 1992.

International Exchange. Université de Savoie, Chambéry, France, 1990-91.

Publications

Novels

  • THE CROWS OF BEARA. (Ashland, OR: Ashland Creek Press, September 2017).
  • IN ANOTHER LIFE. (Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, February 2016).
  • UPSIDE-DOWN GIRL. On submission.

Short Stories/Flash Fiction

  • “Rollerblading in Venice,” No Extra Words short story podcast, January 23, 2016.
  • “Wine: A Love Story,” Emerge Literary Journal, January 2016.
  • “Granny,” No Extra Words short story podcast, November 17, 2015.
  • “Prix Fixe,” Mud Season Review, Vol. 1, May 2015. 97-112.
  • “Milk and Blood,” Cobalt Review, March 2014. 33-37.
  • “Colorado,” Up Do: Flash Fiction by Women Writers. Patricia Flaherty Pagan, ed. (Houston, TX: Spider Road Press, February 2014): 22-23.
  • “Lovely,” flash fiction, Short Story HQ Flash of Fiction Anthology. Kate Krake, ed. (Smashwords, November 2013): 50-52.
  • “The Slaughterhouse,” River Poets Journal, Vol. 6 No. 3, Autumn/Winter 2012. 32-36.
  • “Dulce et Decorum Est,” Cirque: A Literary Journal of the North Pacific Rim, Vol. 4 No 1 Winter Solstice 2012.17-20.
  •  “Water Child,” Stories for Sendai: An Anthology. J.C. Martin & Michelle Davidson Argyle, eds. (Lexington, KY: J.C. Martin and Michelle Davidson Argyle, June 2011): 97-101.

Essays/Articles/Book Reviews

  • "The Atlas of Forgotten Places, by Jenny D. Williams," Washington Independent Review of Books, July 23, 2017. 
  • “Everything is Love Is, by Claire King,” Washington Independent Review of Books, January 26, 2017.
  • “The Narrow Road to the Deep North,” The Style Hut Book of Reviews, Vol. 1 No. 2, Jan-Feb 2015.
  • “Their Names,” Three Minus One: Stories of Parents’ Love and Loss. Sean Hanish & Brooke Warner, eds. (Berkeley, CA: She Writes Press, April 2014): 127-130.
  • “Winning Proposals: Writing a Successful Statement of Purpose for Study Abroad,” Transitions Abroad, Vol. 22 No. 3, Nov-Dec 1998.
  • “Short-Term Study Abroad: Balancing What Students Need and What They Can Afford,” Transitions Abroad, Vol. 20 No. 4, Jan-Feb 1997.

Awards and Honors

  • 2016 GOLD Winner for Fantasy, Foreword Indie Awards. IN ANOTHER LIFE. American Library Association Annual Conference, June 2017. 
  • Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature, finalist. THE CROWS OF BEARA. Karen Joy Fowler, Judge, Ashland Creek Press. December 2014. 
  • New Millennium Writings Award for Fiction, finalist, November 2013.
  • Short Story HQ Flash Fiction, First Prize (Romance), November 2013.
  • Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Award for Fiction, finalist, January 2012.

Teaching/Public Speaking/Readings

Teaching

  • "Spark to Flame: Writing Micro-Fiction." The Writers’ Workshoppe, Port Townsend, WA, October 10-December 5, 2017.
  • “A Needle Pulling Thread: How to Write Your Story’s Beginning.” BARN, Bainbridge Island, WA, September 16, 2017. 
  • “Novels-in-Progress: A Weekly Feedback and Motivation Workshop.” The Writers’ Workshoppe, Port Townsend, WA. Two weekly sessions, June 20-August 25, 2016 & June 20-August 22, 2016.           
  • “A Needle Pulling Thread: How to Write Your Story’s Beginning.” The Writers’ Workshoppe, Port Townsend, WA, May 21, 2016.
  • “Novels-in-Progress: A Weekly Feedback and Motivation Workshop.” The Writers’ Workshoppe, Port Townsend, WA. Two weekly sessions, January 7-March 17, 2016 & January       11-March 21, 2016.
  • “Novels-in-Progress: A Weekly Feedback and Motivation Workshop.” The Writers’ Workshoppe, Port Townsend, WA. Weekly, September 15-November 17, 2015.
  • “The Art and Craft of the Query, Part 2: Workshop Your Query Letter.” The Writers’ Workshoppe, Port Townsend, WA. September 19, 2015.
  • “The Art and Craft of the Query, Part 1: A Nuts and Bolts Workshop.” The Writers’ Workshoppe, Port Townsend, WA. July 25, 2015.

 Readings

For The Crows of Beara:

  • Eagle Harbor Books, Bainbridge Island, WA, February 11, 2018
  • The Writer's Workshoppe and Imprint Books, WA, May 19, 2018
  • Jefferson County Library, Port Hadlock, WA, October 11, 2017
  • The Writer's Workshoppe and Imprint Books, WA, September 30, 2017

For In Another Life:

  • University Book Store, Seattle, WA. February 1, 2016
  • Third Place Books, Seattle, WA. February 2, 2016
  • Secret Garden Books, Seattle, WA. February 4, 2016
  • Liberty Bay Books, Poulsbo, WA. February 9, 2016
  • The Writer’s Workshoppe and Imprint Books, Port Townsend, WA, February 27, 2016
  • Field’s End Speaker Series, Bainbridge Public Library, Bainbridge, WA. March 15, 2016

Other

  • "Their Names," from Three Minus One: Stories of Parents’ Love and Loss. Elliott Bay Books, Seattle, WA. June 15, 2014.
  • “Their Names,” from Three Minus One: Stories of Parents’ Love and Loss. Third Place Books-Ravenna, Seattle, WA. May 22, 2014.

 Professional Development: Selected Workshops/Conferences

  •  Port Townsend Writer’s Conference, Master Class with Helena María Viramontes, Port Townsend, WA, July 20-27, 2016.
  • Writing the Imaginal, Bridgid Mosher, Port Townsend, WA, February 22, 2016.
  • Fearless Writing, Lidia Yuknavitch, Port Townsend, WA, August 23-24 2015.
  •  Lining Our Thoughts: A Poetry Workshop with Leanne O’Sullivan. Anam Cara Artists’Retreat, Eyeries, Ireland, July 4-11, 2015.
  • Whidbey Island Writers’ Conference, Coupeville, WA, October 2014.
  • Everyday Book Marketing, Midge Raymond, Port Townsend, WA, September 2014.
  • Writing Memoir, Claire Dederer, Port Townsend, WA, April 2014.
  • Emerald City Writers’ Conference, Seattle, WA, October 2013.
  • Lining Up the Bones: Writing Paranormal Romance, RWA Online Course, October 2014.      
  •  Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, July 2013.           
  • Approaching the Reader, Jonathan Evison, Seattle, March 2013.
  • Writing in Scenes, Nancy Kress, Seattle, February 2013.
  • Salon at SAM, Hedgebrook-sponsored workshop, Seattle, January 2013.
  •  Crafting a Winning Book Proposal, Jen Worick & Kerry Colburn, Seattle, October 2012.
  •  Chuckanut Writers Conference, Bellingham, WA, June 2012.
  •  Short Stories Ain’t Easy, Robert Ferrigno, Seattle, November 2011.
  •  The Short Story, Paul Michel, Seattle, March 2011.
  • Essay Writing: How to Find the Story In You and Sell It, Amypaturel.com, Summer 2011
  • Feature Writing: Creative Non-Fiction, Yakima Valley Community College, Winter 2003.

Affiliations/Memberships

  • Editorial Freelancer’s Association
  • Women’s Fiction Writers Association
  • Related Experience

  • Freelance story/developmental editing; query, synopsis critiquing, writer mentoring service. September 2014-present.
  • International Higher Education Administrator, 1995-2006. Developed & presented multiple conference speeches & workshops, “train the trainer” activities, student handbooks.
  • Teacher of English as a Second Language: Chad, Africa, 1993; Kyoto, Japan 1991.