I’m a Mainer: I was born and lived my first seventeen years in far northern Aroostook, The County. I earned my undergraduate degree in art from the University of Maine in Orono, then got a Masters in Social Work from New York University. I worked for five years as a psychotherapist and office director back in The County for Aroostook Mental Health Center. I built a house–with my own hands– weekends and vacations on mid-coast Deer Isle. I moved there to live full time in 1982. I opened a private practice in Blue Hill, a half hour from my Deer Isle home.

Island living in Maine is tough, particularly as a single. Ten years later, i followed my Maine native parents who relocated to Florida, I moved to Tallahassee and built a second private practice. Then I met my now-husband Drew on on the infant Match.com in 1998 and moved again, to Vicksburg, Mississippi, while he finished out his career in Vicksburg as a researcher with the Army Corps of Engineers. Using our successful experience in the emerging Internet dating market as a base, I re-branded myself as a Romance Coach and developed an online business helping singles find partners using Internet dating sites.

When Drew retired, we decided to make our southern base back in Tallahassee, thirty miles from the Gulf of Mexico. Now we live the summer half of the year in that same house I built on Deer Isle (see below), surrounded there by the Gulf of Maine. We are teaching ourselves and each other how to write. Drew is also a stained glass craftsman, and I make hand dyed silk scarves.


Iota Short Prose Conference. Roosevelt Campobello International Park. July 8-1, 2017

How (Not) To Pitch A Magazine, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance workshop, June 9, 2018

Unputdownable, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance workshop, June 16, 2018

Devil in the Details, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance workshop, August 18, 2018

Agents Editors Writers 2108. Belgrade Lakes, ME. September 22, 2018

Pitch Workshop. Portland. ME. September 29, 2018

Atlanta Writing Workshop. Atlanta, GA. March 9, 2019

Blackfly Writer’s Retreat. Grand Lakes Stream, ME. May 2 – 5, 2019

I’m right in the middle…

Marketing for Writers with Allison Pottern Hoch, July 2019


AWP Annual Conference and Book Fair, March 7–10, 2018, Tampa, Florida


Iota Creative Nonfiction with Penny Guisinger. Fall 2017 (Online).

Elements of the Novel, Ginger Moran. Fall 2017 (Online).

Creative Writing. Wesleyan University (Coursera). The Craft of Plot, Character, Setting and Description, and Style (Online). Fall 2018