After receiving my undergraduate degree in biology from Scripps College, I worked for many years as a research assistant up and down the west coast. When finally I decided to come out of the field I opted not to pursue a PhD, as so many of my colleagues did, but to explore my creative aspirations instead.
Inspired by, and partnered with, my long time friend Karim Ahmad and then-boyfriend Daniel Dávila, I spent the next several years working as a filmmaker. In 2004 Daniel and I married. In 2006 we produced our first feature film together. In 2007 we welcomed our daughter into our lives.
It was during my pregnancy with my daughter that I first took the time to embrace what had, until then, been a hobby of short story writing. It wasn’t long before I saw that writing was what I wanted to do – all day every day, if possible. I applied to the Master of Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California. After two short, sweet years, I graduated in May of 2010 with honors.
That first year out of school I began my freelance career and gave birth to our second child. Needless to say, I had my hands full. In August of 2012, my best client asked if I would consider coming on as a full-time employee. I’ve been a full time professional writer ever since.
I continue to write fiction in my free time (which usually means waking up at 5 in the morning). I’ve had a handful of short stories published, along with a multitude of non-fiction projects, and I am working on my first novel. I blog about all of it here, sharing what I learn as I continue to grow as a writer.