Elizabeth Strout characters, Mary Gaitskill sex, Lauren Groff sentences, Celeste Ng stories, & Laura Ingalls food scenes.
My first short story was written in the third grade and titled "Revenge of the Nerds." Spoiler: Nerds candy got their revenge. Yes. They. Did. Gradually I got more serious and began writing novels, short stories and nonfiction.
Great writing, for me, might not make you feel good, but it makes you feel. Deep and dark is good. Dark humor is better.
I graduated from the low-residency MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. My writing has appeared in Story Quarterly, Delphi Quarterly, Southwest Review and the Rumpus Readers Report. My essay, "Your Friend/My Friend, Ted," is included in The Best American Essays 2018, edited by Hilton Als.
By day I work as the editor and senior writer of Thrive, the award-winning cancer lifestyle magazine at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center. I am lucky to be a working writer and to tell the stories of such amazing patients.
Home is suburban Detroit with my husband and two sons. Home is when I'm writing. I eat a lot of olives.