Ever since I was a kid, I’ve enjoyed writing plays, stories, and novels. I majored in theater in college, but once I was out in the “real world” and performing with various comedy groups in Minneapolis, I discovered my passion was more for writing sketch comedy than for performing it. Of course, there’s no money in that, so I went into teaching, thinking I could always be creative, and focus on what I love: teaching about the arts, books, and reading. I ended up teaching English and Creative Writing at Columbia Heights Public Schools / Homepage (colheights.k12.mn.us) where I had the chance to meet and work with so many incredible students and fellow teachers. I’m not exaggerating when I say that teaching high school has been the experience of a lifetime.
But I still felt the need for a creative outlet. So, I started writing novels. Not long after, Amazon invented the Kindle, which totally leveled the playing field as far as self-publishing goes. My first couple of novels, in addition to placing well in writing competitions like NIEA | National Indie Excellence Awards | United States and NIEA | National Indie Excellence Awards | United States, sold thousands of digital copies.
Then, Amazon created “Kindle Scout” – a competition where both readers and editors select books to be published. My novel, “The Standout” was selected, and for the first time I wasn’t self-published, but published by Kindle Press.
Yet, it’s been tough selling books. Three years ago I decided to go the traditional route, and found an agent. My agent was amazing, and gave me invaluable feedback for my novel, “Favorite Daughters,” which was inspired by the friendship between Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton. My agent tried very hard to sell it, but eventually, we agreed that I should query publishers myself, After a few months, I found a publisher! Favorite Daughters will be published by Black Rose Writing in August, 2022.
In the meantime, I’ve been working on a new novel, BEAUTIFUL LITTLE FOOLS set in a high school much like the one where I’ve taught. That said, I am currently on a leave of absence from teaching, and I’m completing my MFA in Creative Writing through About the MFA in Writing | Lindenwood University. I’m loving this opportunity to learn new things, explore opportunities, and network with authors by joining Home (womensfictionwriters.org) and participating in Welcome | NaNoWriMo
When I’m not writing or spending time with my family, I like to read, or go running and listen to audio books.
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