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 and Daufuskie Island, South Carolina are two 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.
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, and 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
I’m on the fiction staff of Raleigh Review and a member of the Appalachian Writers Association and the North Carolina Writers’ Network.