Born and lived my childhood in northern Maine, I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Maine in Orono, then got a Masters in Social Work from New York University. I worked as a psychotherapist and office director for Aroostook Mental Health Center in Caribou for five years while I built a house–with my own hands–on mid-coast Deer Isle on weekends. I opened a mental health private practice in Blue Hill, a half hour from my Deer Isle home, and lived and worked there for the next ten years.
Island living in Maine is tough, particularly as a single. Following 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, where he lived. 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 from his career with the Army Corps of Engineers’ research station in Vicksburg, we decided to make our southern home back in Tallahassee, thirty miles from the Gulf of Mexico. We live the summer half of the year in the house I built on Deer Isle, surrounded there by the Gulf of Maine.
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…
Iota Creative Nonfiction with Penny Guisinger. Fall 2017 (Online).
Creative Writing. Wesleyan University (Coursera). The Craft of Plot, Character, Setting and Description, and Style (Online). Fall 2018