I am from the Tennessee Valley 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 includes communications and writing for business, fiction, narrative non-fiction, and cooking, and I’ve led a variety of writing workshops as well as corporate workshops designed to enhance teamwork, communication, and leadership.
From 1997 to 2016, I worked 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.
At the present I live in Chattanooga, TN, just miles from where I have always lived, in a little blue house with 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, publish essays and short stories, and 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 and tutoring coordinator at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.