It's hard for me to remember a time when I wasn't writing. Growing up in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, I filled spiral notebooks with illustrated stories about animal characters, and I loved the chance to sit at my parents' electric typewriter and turn my characters' adventures into real print.
My first professional sale came as something of a surprise. In eighth grade, along with two of my friends, Amy and Sarah, I wrote a fan story for the animated series Tiny Toon Adventures, and on a whim we decided to go ahead and send it to executive producer Steven Spielberg. Through a series of clerical mistakes, misdirections, and the kind of sheer luck that can only take place in Hollywood, the story made it to Spielberg himself and eventually became an episode of the show called "Buster and Babs Go Hawaiian." We participated in a story meeting with Spielberg and the show's writers, appeared in various media outlets, including 20/20 and in the pages of People and Entertainment Weekly, and had the incomparable experience of actually appearing in the episode as cartoon characters.
I started writing for publication in my late teens, making my first short story sale to Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine and publishing poetry in a variety of zines and small-press journals. (I was also honored with a Pushcart Prize nomination in 2001 from The Paumanok Review for my poem "Washington Suite.") I decided to try my hand at editing my own poetry publication, and from 1999 to 2002 I edited and published Limestone Circle, a journal publishing work from poets around the world.
Around the year 2000 or so, I discovered the furry fandom, a community centered around art, fiction, and media involving anthropomorphic characters. Talking animals of one kind or another have been part of my work from the beginning, so it wasn't a big leap to begin publishing stories in furry zines and anthologies while continuing to appear in traditional markets as well.
I write mostly fantasy and soft science fiction, with excursions into dark fantasy, literary, and stories for children and young adults. My work has been influenced by storytellers from a range of media, including Steven Spielberg, Ray Bradbury, and Jim Henson. My stories have appeared in publications including Strange Horizons, Black Static, Daily Science Fiction, and numerous anthologies and podcasts.
These days, I live in the woods of West Virginia with my husband Jeff and our cat Bijoux, and I work by day as a medical transcriptionist, a career that allows me to put my perfectionism to good use. When I'm not writing, reading, or trying to figure out what the doctor is saying, I also have fun creating visual art in whatever traditional medium suits my fancy. Since most of my first drafts are handwritten, I'm something of a journal junkie, and my other loves include cats (big and small), tea, new age/world music, and animated films.
You can get in touch with me via my contact page. Other places you can find me online:
My author page on Amazon
My author page on Goodreads
My Smashwords store