Multiple generations of my family are from western NC, and I was born and raised in Hendersonville. After earning an A.B. in English and a J.D. from Duke, I now live in Raleigh with my husband, Geoff, and our son, Davis. Savannah, Georgia and Daufuskie Island, South Carolina are two of our favorite places to visit.
I think life is rarely black and white and there’s a lot of story in the gray. Thinking of story ideas keeps me entertained on my commute to work.
Favorite contemporary authors: 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, & John Burnham Schwartz.
Conferences attended: 2013 Appalachian Writing Project Novel-Writing Retreat; 2014 North Carolina Writers’ Network Spring Conference; 2014 Southern Appalachian Culture Conference; 2014 Yale Writers’ Conference; 2015 Tucson Festival of Books Masters’ Fiction Workshop; 2015 Appalachian Writing Project Novel-Writing Retreat.
Fiction staff, Raleigh Review; Member, Appalachian Writers Association & North Carolina Writers’ Network