"The world is but a canvas to our imagination." H.D. Thoreau


Author's Latest Novel


My debut middle grade novel, I WOULD NOT HAVE YOU OTHERWISE, centers on thirteen-year-old Gwen Thomas. After her older sister Bernadette dies, Gwen finds herself forced by her parents to see a therapist. Deeply resentful, Gwen begins journaling the events of the past year to try to make sense of it all. She shouldn't have to do this. She doesn't want to do this. She should be writing about her achievement as the only girl on the boys' baseball team at her small junior/​senior high school. Instead she's writing about pain. About fear. About what happens when rumors get twisted and she finds herself the victim of a prejudice that hits a little too close to home.



Author's Life


My favorite memories are of growing up with my extended family in the beautiful Hudson Valley area of New York state. I began writing my first novel at the age of seven, and am still trying to locate the original manuscript. All I remember is that the main character, Jenny, went grocery shopping with her mother and there was an intense scene over a box of cereal. My actual childhood was far less dramatic.

Living in a home that rested on nearly 100 acres of woods and fields, I was provided ample room for my imagination to soar and the peace and quiet to devour books whole. Ten days after graduating college, I moved to North Carolina where I live today, once again in the woods, and surrounded by a family that includes my husband, four children, parents, and four-legged friends.



Author's Experience


Every job I have had has centered on my love of the written word including professional technical writing & editing, copywriting, proofreading, tutoring, journalism and bookselling! My non-fiction children's articles have appeared in FACES and CALLIOPE (now DIG) magazines, and I am a regular contributor to a parenting wellness blog. I am also an ardent letter-writer (although really nice stationery is hard to find these days.)

I enjoy running at an awkwardly slow pace, hiking in spite of a fear of snakes, cooking while crooning to Dean Martin, baking fresh bread (not to mention a ridiculous number of cookies during the holidays--about 700), volunteering in the community (ever been to a diaper bank?), and learning new languages (because I want to know all the Italian words to “Volare” as well as shout at my kids in German.) I’m an admirer of Lou Gehrig and Madame Curie. I am a member of SCBWI, the Authors Guild, and my son's (highly exclusive) Candy Club.

I am currently working on my next middle grade novel.