I’m fascinated by the power of story and how it connects us to each other and to past and future generations. Before becoming a novelist, I spent 31 years teaching English in the Pocono Mountain School District, encouraging students in grades 7-12 to read great works and create their own. Now that I’m a full-time writer, I love to share my craft with people of all ages through fiction and nonfiction writing workshops. I tailor these sessions to meet the needs of each group, and I especially enjoy collaborating with other educators.
As for my own writing, I find inspiration in family stories and my hometown of Scranton, PA. I’m humbled to say Publishers Weekly named my first novel, Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night, a “Best Book of Summer, 2014,” and Booklist and the American Library Association gave my second novel, All Waiting Is Long, a starred review.
In between writing, workshopping, and speaking at book clubs and festivals, I can usually be found with a notebook in hand and a pencil behind my ear. It’s my way of telling the muse, “I’m ready when you are.”