And I'm a writer, reader and overall word nerd. My work has appeared in a range of places, from humor pieces on McSweeney's Internet Tendency to book reviews on The Rumpus to website copy for Nike. To top off my all-around word obsession, I have an MA in English from the University of Virginia and a BA in English from Boston University. I live in Portland, Oregon where I hang out with my two overweight cats, cheese-obsessed dog, and very patient husband.
I'm at work on THE UNDERGROUND BOOKBINDING SOCIETY, a Middle Grade manuscript that follows the adventures of a people-pleasing 11 year-old bookworm named Suz Hawthorne. After her grandmother passes away, Suz is forced to spend her winter break clearing out the family's old, rickety house. But what Suz believes will be the worst winter break ever takes an odd turn when she and her annoying cousin, Oliver, are willed mysterious, plot-shifting books. Before they know it, Suz and Oliver are thrust into a secretive bookbinding society and must come to terms with an important and dangerous task that has been left behind for them.
THE UNDERGROUND BOOKBINDING SOCIETY won the Literary Contest for Middle Grade at the 2016 PNWA Conference.