about me

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I grew up in a suburb north of Chicago where Deerfield was marked by four corners. It was also where I learned about home and about making connections to it. Later, they would become themes in my blog posts and other works. I earned a journalism degree at Marquette University in Milwaukee where after graduation, I wanted to write mini stories to show and not tell. Leo Burnett advertising agency in Chicago, my first job out of school, would be my place to be, and a rare chance to see how a large, successful ad agency worked. But where I wanted to be in advertising wasn’t going to happen so I transferred my skills to international banking where I admitted after ten years, I was never a corporate banker. I quit and started to write, finding inspiration from my years living in Chicago and in San Francisco. My essays have appeared in The Magic of Memoir, the Chicago Writers Association Write City and Brevity blogs, and Adelaide Literary Magazine. My debut memoir, Under the Birch Tree, about discovering connections and finding home was published in 2018 and the Wisdom of the Willow, my first book of fiction, is sure to follow.

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My husband and I enjoy traveling, cooking fine dinners, and chasing our beagles in circles.

MEMBERSHIPS

Chicago Writers Association

National Association of Memoir Writers

The Memoir Network

She Writes

Off Campus Writers’ Workshop