I am from Tennessee and as much as I’ve tried to shake the southern it won’t leave — my kitchen, my accent, my writing all give me away. I love the south, even when it breaks my heart.
I am a reader, cook, and fiction writer who finally quit the corporate world after giving it a shot for 19 years. My writing background and interests include communications and writing for business, fiction, narrative non-fiction, and cooking.
From 2009 to the present, I have also been a freelance writer, editor, and reviewer, and I have experience in business communications (internal and external, training and learning materials), fiction (short stories, novels, erotica, young adult), non-fiction/creative non-fiction, as well as recipes and cookbooks. I have experience in workshop facilitation (professional and academic) as well as event planning.
I worked from 1997 to 2016 at a large insurance company in positions of progressive responsibility from front line employee to executive. From 2010 until I left the company in 2016, I was an Assistant Vice President of disability claims managing 60 employees, myriad customer relationships, and $150 million in risk. I led strategic technology and workflow initiatives from design to implementation and was recognized for operational leadership, communication, and talent management.
I live in Chattanooga, TN, just miles from where I have always lived, in a little blue house with my husband, my son, two dogs, and two cats. My daughter lives nearby, as do my sisters, my mother, and the rest of my family.
I received my B.A. in English from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and my M.F.A. from Vermont College of Fine Arts. I co-founded The Hemlock Review, a fine arts magazine for the Chattanooga School of the Arts & Sciences community. I read fiction manuscripts for Hunger Mountain, I have published essays and short stories, and I am currently working with an agent for placement of my first novel. In June 2019, I served as a Teaching Assistant for The Writer’s Hotel Conference in NYC, and I currently work as a writing consultant at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.