After a career as a fundraising writer for humanitarian organizations, I’ve returned to my first creative passion, writing fiction for kids. As I slog through my manuscripts, one things is clear: passion isn’t synonymous with excellence. Even talent only takes us a fraction of the way — the rest comes from constant learning and butts-in-chairs, fingers-on-keyboards hard work.

So, I’m taking classes, reading books on craft, engaging with writing communities, and creating my own writing resources. I’m embracing my imperfections, digging deep, and pushing myself to let go of habits holding me back.

Every insight I gain stirs my enthusiasm to share what I’m learning–and that’s what this site is for. It’s a place to connect one writer’s journey with others following the same path.


I live with my husband, daughters, and a red-headed mutt in the Baltimore region. I love my quirky city of birth, and, yes, if you get me worked up, I do sound like John Travolta in Hairspray.

When I’m not parenting, volunteering, or pulling out my hair in pursuit of the perfect word, I’m reading.

A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.

Thomas Mann, Essays of Three Decades





Mount Saint Mary’s University College of Liberal Arts Advisory Board
Vice President, League of Women Voters of Howard County