I was born on Long Island, New York and moved to Clinton, North Carolina when I was five. I grew up in Clinton and consider myself a Southerner since most of my memories come from south of the Mason Dixon line. I attended Wake Forest University where I majored in health and sports science and then went on to UNC Chapel Hill to receive a Master’s in Exercise Physiology in 1991 and a Master’s in Social Work in 2003.
I’ve loved writing all my life, but until I started Hungry Mother Creek, it was limited to occasional poems, journaling and required writing for my education or job. In May of 2007, while standing by the waters of the Neuse River in Oriental, North Carolina, the inspiration for Hungry Mother Creek struck me with such force that I began jotting down ideas that day. Later that month I signed up for a weeklong writing retreat in the mountains of North Carolina.
Since then, writing has been a staple in my life, and something I've created more time for because of the sense of fulfillment it brings me. In addition to being an author, I'm a licensed clinical social worker and have my own counseling practice in New Bern North Carolina. The strength and resilience of my clients provides inspiration for the protagonists in my books. I live on the Neuse River in Oriental, North Carolina, the setting of my three novels. To keep my creative juices flowing and to maintain my own health and balance, I spend time with my husband, run, paddle board, do yoga and read.