About Me

I grew up in a creative household. My father was a commercial artist and painter; my mother was a jeweler. My sister and I were expected to make things, explore the world of ideas, and to question everything.

For many years I was a weaver and mixed media artist, but all along I was writing. Stories, essays, journaling, I wrote for myself without thinking of an audience. Always wanting to improve my craft, I attended classes and workshops. It wasn’t until 2006 that I thought I had something I wanted to share.

That was two years after I founded Odyssey Storytelling, a popular monthly community storytelling series in Tucson and the first storytelling event in the state. I worked with a board to establish StoryArts Group, Inc., a non-profit community arts organization with the mission of promoting the knowledge and art of storytelling. The next logical step was to write a book about it. It took many iterations and eleven years before that book was ready to meet its public. In 2017, The Radical Act of Community Storytelling was born.

After working on creative non-fiction for many years, I decided I needed another approach to writing. I was tired of telling the truth, so I turned to fiction. Little did I know that that is where truth lives.

An unrealized film project and dozens of interviews were the inspiration for Desert Haven. The novel in linked stories arose from a desire to write stories about brave and freedom-seeking women striving to create a new and equitable society.