A native Californian, I grew up near Los Angeles and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area after college. There I reared my children, started up a small interior design business, then taught high school English full-time. During that time I served on the Eugene
O'Neill Board of Directors, Tao House, and studied art history and literature at night at U.C. Berkeley.
Seeking a change of pace after ten years of high school teaching, I earned an M. A. in English at San Francisco State University and soon began teaching composition, literature and creative writing for Diablo Valley College as tenured faculty. I was honored by the San Ramon Valley Chamber of Commerce as the Educator of the Year in 2008.
During this time I began research into the art and life of a Utah landscape painter, resulting in the publication of First Sight of
the Desert, Discovering the Art of Ella Peacock, a biography of the desert painter blended with the story my life changes during a decade of research.
I’ve recently settled on California’s Central Coast where I am occupied with my second book project, while working as a writing teacher and developmental editor. I hold writing workshops throughout California and in Montana as well as writing and cultural retreats in Italy annually for my program,
Italy, in Other Words. My travel, food, memoir, and arts essays
have appeared in various publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, American Art Review, Salon, and Travelers’ Tales anthologies.