A Writer's Life
 
Growing up in a small town in the mid-west, I craved adventure and a change of scenery, so I headed west as soon as soon as I could make it happen, all the while gathering stories like pebbles along the way. You know what they say, a love of reading fiction usually comes before the act of writing fiction, and the saying holds true for me. Long before I stood on a stage in the fourth grade assembly to read my first winning story, and long before any of my peers dared crack the spine on books of this length, ​I had devoured novels like Cooper's Last of the Mohicans and  Dicken's Hard Times. My unsatiable need to read continued through all the practicals in life, until I gave into the call and educated myself to write for publication. Forever a crusader for the underdog, my literary work is infused with gritty realism and often animates and illustrates contemporary societal ills.

After earning my BA from The Ohio State University, I attended graduate school at Spalding University in Louisville, KY and completed my MFA in 2012. When I'm not working my own stories, I edit and critique manuscripts in a variety of genres, including Literary, Fantasy, Romance, Thriller, Detective, and King-like horror. In addition, I ghostwrite titles for fellow creatives. Immersing in the creativity,  writing soon became my lifestyle rather than a job. I lead and attend writing workshops and conferences and fill my world with the written word. These days, I cannot imagine any other life, and I am thrilled to engage with others who strive to enjoy a similiar tragectory.
 
 
My work has been published in various print and online journals, including Literal Translations, Litmocracy, The Battered Suitcase, Newfound, Darkest Before Dawn, 94 Creations Literary Journal, and BlazeVOX 14. An excerpt from my first short story collection placed in The Blotter Magazine Laine Cunningham Novel [and book-length manuscript] Competition in July, 2014. My latest writing pleasure is recieving an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train's Award Series in 2017.