I grew up in Bridgeport, Connecticut, spent many years at my career in print and broadcast journalism and finally ended up in the Boston, Massachusetts area. For the past 15 years or so I’ve gotten short stories and essays published in literary journals and small publications. In 2008 I decided to get a second master’s degree, enrolling in the MFA program in creative writing at Southern New Hampshire University. I graduated in July 2010 with a novel-length manuscript with the working title The Talking Drum. I’ve revised it enough that I’m having my church book club, co-workers, and friends read it. Hopefully one day it will be published. Recently, I had a story I wrote published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dating Game.
In addition, I am the immediate past president of the Women’s National Book Association/Boston Chapter. Serving as president was a rewarding experience for me. Not only did I learn leadership development, and event planning, I also got to meet some wonderful women who have been highly successful in literary circles, but generous enough to give their time to WNBA. It was a thrill for me to meet mystery author Hank Phillippi Ryan and suspense novelist Hallie Ephron. They made a joint appearance a WNBA/Boston event that I hosted, entertaining our members and guests with stories about how they crafted their novels and their writing routines.
Another highlight of my years serving as president of WNBA/Boston was meeting children’s novelist Lois Lowry. She is a powerhouse. Lois has written more than 30 children’s books and one adult novel. She’s become known for writing about difficult subject matters within her works for children, such as terminal illness, the
Holocaust, murder, and racism. She has won two Newbery Medals for Number the Stars and The Giver. We asked Lois to speak at our annual holiday tea one year and she graciously agreed to be our keynote speaker.
My publishing credits include Snake Nation Review, Foliate Oak, Meetinghouse: A Journal of New England Fiction, Clockhouse Review, Literary Brushstrokes, The Sun magazine, and Vermont Literary Review. I have also taught creative writing at Boston Center for Adult Education.
In 2008 I made the decision to enroll in the low residency master of fine arts degree program in creative writing at Southern New Hampshire University. It was the best decision I made to help me improve my writing and understand the craft.
I wrote the book I always dreamed of writing as I earned my MFA. The two-year low-residency program allowed me to write at home, while still maintaining my career. All of use students connected with each other and faculty mentors during short, but inspiring residencies, developing close and sustaining relationships that have continued well beyond graduation. I graduated with a book-length manuscript of publishable quality, a network of agents and editors, and college-teaching opportunities.