About Me

Novelist, Academic, Toymaker

When I was twelve years old, I wrote my first 80,000 words. My very first pirate novel would earn me a scholarship to the Community School of Naples, where my dearest friends were my English teachers. I have since pursued a career teaching the subject I love. I have written many novels, more than I can count, and I find writing as therapeutic as reading. My top ten writers who I love to read and reread are Sarah Waters, Tracy Chevalier, Diana Gabaldon, Phillipa Gregory, Herman Melville, Charles Dickens, Emily Bronte, Christine de Pizan, and Marie de France (they span centuries!). I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the English Department at Louisiana State University. Currently, I teach Interpretation and Argument at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh. My favorite genres are Steampunk and Historical Romance.