I write literary fiction with a dark edge about what goes awry when human connection is missing from our lives. I’m the author of three novels—The Last Storyteller (2021), What Remains Unsaid (2017), and Dance of Souls (2011)—and a book of short stories, Tiny Shoes Dancing (2018), which was shortlisted for the 2019 International Rubery Book Award. My short fiction has appeared in a number of print and online publications.
I served as editor of Fault Zone, the anthology of California writers produced by the SF Peninsula Branch of the California Writers Club, and served as the branch president and VP. I was selected for a literary residency with the Shuffle Collective in 2020. In 2022, I wrapped up a nearly 20-year career as a birth doula and returned to my first calling: writing and editing. I recently co-founded the Birth Your Truest Story writers’ community with my lifelong friend, Jennifer Browdy, where I teach workshops and support a lively group of writers.
I live in northern California with my husband and two cats. Of course, I’m at work on another novel.
Tiny Shoes Dancing and Other Stories
This collection of short fiction opens a door on ordinary worlds turned extraordinary, where deeper meaning hides beneath everyday conversations and the possibility of tragedy—and redemption—is always close at hand.
Jody catalogues her parental failures as she worries whether her ballet-crazed teen daughter will make it onto the stage. C.J. adopts his dead grandmother’s dog, risking eviction but opening himself to the possibility of love. Brianna uses a spoonful of pudding as a weapon. Judy begins a secret life as an erotica writer. Jake’s Bar Mitzvah preparations reveal tensions that threaten to split his family.
The women, men, children, dogs, and cats in these stories fight their worst impulses, circle each other warily, and occasionally connect. They struggle to make sense of the world and their place in it, with results sometimes tragic, sometimes funny, and always relatable.
The Last Storyteller2020
What Remains Unsaid2017
Dance of Souls2011
Awards and Recognition
- Tiny Shoes Dancing - Shortlisted for the 2019 Rubery Book Award.