“Where are you from?” might be my least favorite question. Born in London, England, I grew up in New York City commuter towns, affluent suburbs that felt all wrong. I dreamt mostly of escape. Since then I’ve lived all over: San Francisco, Seattle, the north of England, the Hudson Valley, central New Jersey, the Texas Panhandle, and suburban metro Atlanta. In 2017 I fled the Southeast for California. Now I live in the Mojave desert, a home I chose. I am not a writer interested in exploring place so much as the effect of migration and rootlessness and deliberately chosen homes.
My Creative Writing MA is from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. My short fiction, creative nonfiction, multimedia work, and reviews appear in numerous publications; click HERE for a complete list. For a while I owned a tiny used bookstore in New York’s Hudson Valley. It was there that I found inspiration for what became Not On Fire, Only Dying (Twisted Road Publications, 2015), my debut novel.
I was a Senior Book Buyer for the wholesaler Baker & Taylor until I left to devote myself to writing and mothering and caring for an assortment of rescued cats and dogs. I’m Reviews Editor for Necessary Fiction, Managing Editor of the Twitter-zine escarp, and a Copy Editor for Newfound.
My family tree features several writers, including the American poet Muriel Rukeyser and the Manx novelist Hall Caine. I work hard with gifts sent down through blood.
I write to escape, to belong, and because I can’t stop. Believe it, I’ve tried.