I’m a writer, collage artist, Pitch Wars 2019 alum, Master of Liberal Arts, and member of SCBWI. I’m repped by the amazing Melissa Nasson of Rubin Pfeffer Content.
My grandmother, short story author M.J. Amft, gave me creative writing lessons back when I was middle-grade-aged, and I still read her letters when I need a jolt of encouragement and inspiration. I’ve survived some strange and terrible things, including (but not limited to): cancer, celiac disease, osteopenia, a hip replacement, a copperhead bite, and 2020.
Born in Chicago but raised in and around Myrtle Beach, the question of whether or not I’m a real Southerner remains controversial. But I still live in South Carolina with my husband, two cats, and stepson–when his college schedule and quarantine allows. I work as a research specialist for one of the state’s largest school districts, crunching numbers and analyzing data to help school administrators and teachers improve student learning.
My middle-grade novels (currently at work on number four 🤩) are standalone stories set in a similar universe, featuring crossover characters and Easter egg references to each other. Some things that always seem to work their way into my writing are creative kids, non-human characters, unlikely friendships, and puns (sorry not sorry).
Want to know more? Read my Pitch Wars Success Story interview with my mentors and literary agent.
See my Pitch Wars showcase entry.