I grew up in Mobile, Alabama, and have made my home since 1999 in the San Francisco Bay Area. People often ask, "When did you know you wanted to be a writer?" I can't remember a time when I didn't want to be a writer. As for San Francisco, it was on a family vacation when I was 13 years old that I decided I would live here someday. I instantly fell in love with Ocean Beach. Decades later, my husband and I found a house just blocks from the same San Francisco beach I'd been entranced with as a kid. It became the setting for The Year of Fog.
I've written four novels--Golden State, No One You Know, The Year of Fog, and Dream of the Blue Room--and two story collections--Hum and The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress. My stories and essays have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Glimmer Train, Playboy, The Missouri Review, The Kenyon Review, The Oxford American, The Believer, Best American Fantasy, and elsewhere. I also write about travel, literature, parenting, politics, and San Francisco.
I have taught in the MFA programs in creative writing at California College of the Arts and the University of San Francisco, and have served as Distinguished Visiting Writer at St. Mary's College of Moraga and Bowling Green State University. I have also held the Catherine Julie Cunningham Chair at Notre Dame de Namur University. You can check out some of my private writing classes here. In the spring, I'll be teaching a class in plotting long form narrative for Stanford Continuing Studies.
My literary labor of love is Fiction Attic Press, which publishes flash fiction, essays, and short stories online and in print. In January of 2016, I created the 10 Days of Beautiful Failure Challenge to help writers get past the fear of failure and begin a writing project. Go here to take the challenge.
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