I'm a California girl (transplanted from Pennsylvania via North Carolina). Well, girl might be stretching it, I'm a mom (Thing One is 13 and Thing Two is 12), a runner (slogger is more like it, I jog very slowly), a cook and a life long lover of reading. I love the beach, Lemonheads, and baseball. I've sampled several professions including psychologist, college professor, rat lab tech and waitress (not in that order). And these days, I am a novelist, taking pieces of everything I know and love and putting them together in one place, the imaginary worlds that I get to make up and live in every day.
My novel My Paperback Cape is a sort of support letter to my teenage self. Jacqueline is not me and the things that happen to her did not happen to me but the feelings she had, the sense of loneliness, helplessness, fear, those all did happen to me and I would have welcomed a story about someone who found the heroic side of herself. And who did it without the help of any adults.
I'm currently at work on two projects. The first is another young adult novel and the second is a set of short stories featuring a band of misfits revolving around a slightly-older-than-middle-age protagonist.
Spoke as part of the Wives panel at The Coaches Challenge conference at Stanford University January 24, 2015
From left to right Ellen Petrill, Mary Nakama, Virginia Madden, Lynn Rankin-Esquer