My southern roots run deep. Multiple generations of my family are from western North Carolina, and I was born and raised in Hendersonville. After earning an A.B. in English from Duke University and a J.D. from Duke University School of Law, I now live in Raleigh with my husband, Geoff, and our son, Davis. Savannah, Georgia is one of our favorite places to visit.
I believe that life is rarely black and white and there’s a lot of story in the gray. My first novel is called MARANATHA ROAD, and I’m working on my second, SALAMANDER IN THE GARDEN. Thinking of story ideas keeps me entertained on my commute to work.
Some of my favorite contemporary authors include Ron Rash, Amy Greene, Robert Morgan, Wiley Cash, Kaye Gibbons, Sebastian Barry, Sue Monk Kidd, Colum McCann, Robin Black, Heather Newton, Kim Church, Laura McHugh, Jesmyn Ward, and John Burnham Schwartz.
I attended the 2013 Appalachian Writing Project Novel-Writing Retreat taught by Amy Greene and the 2014 Yale Writers’ Conference.
I’m on the editorial staff for Raleigh Review and a member of the Appalachian Writers Association and the North Carolina Writers’ Network.