Bio Bits: Getting to Know Me
Updated: Feb 17, 2020
First, I hate talking about myself. It makes me oddly uncomfortable, but writing about myself is naturally easier. I am a writer/teacher/mom. Because my three kids are twenty-something, I’m doing much less mommying which gives me more time for my other two loves.
I’ve been teaching for 25+ years. First, I taught as an adult educator working with at-risk, inner-city youth and adults, then as an adjunct at Southern CT. State University teaching English composition and comp & rhetoric. For my third act in this field, I’ve been teaching English (Writer’s Workshop, AP Lang & Comp, British & American Lit, Speech, and Reading Lit/Reading Film) to juniors and seniors @ Cheshire High School.
Travel is essential to me (like writing!) I travel with my husband, my whole family (24 of us) and my students. Cape Cod and London are my happy places. If you’re interested in more on that, please check out my travel blog Just Journey.
I read a lot (which every single writer should!) My interests are mostly women’s fiction, romance and historical fiction (and I write these genres, too). My favorite authors are too many to list, but here are a few: Tom Perrotta, Philippa Gregory, Anna Quindlen, Kristin Hannah, Barbara Kingsolver & David Nicholls. Classic author faves include, but certainly not limited to, Emily Bronte, Virginia Woolf, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. I love memoir and poetry too. Feel free to connect with me on Goodreads.
In the summer, you can find me boating, gardening, swimming in the pool or ocean, drinking coffee (cappuccino, lattes, frozen coffee… anything) and mojitos, binge watching shows I didn’t have time for during the school year (The Handmaid’s Tale and Big, Little Lies: OMG!), reading a good book, writing in my bullet journal or on my laptop writing/revising/editing/querying….
I am also a quote collector. I have a highlighter nearby every time I read a book for quotes I don’t want to miss, and I dog ear the pages. Fun fact: A whole wall in my office is dedicated to the quotes I love.
Philosophically, I believe in the power of love and faith, and that, through these, we create our own destiny. I’m committed to learning about myself, the people in my life and the world in order to make it a better place for all of us.
So, I invite you to take this journey with me.
I plan on dedicating this blog to my writing, all messy aspects of it. I hope some of what I share will speak to you or be helpful to you, and I’d love to receive feedback on anything that’s resonated with you.