I am the quintessential late bloomer. At 28 I returned to school and incrementally earned a BA, MA and ultimately a PhD in literature from the University of California, San Diego. Teaching for years in various colleges and universities, I developed courses that combined my interdisciplinary interests: from “Poetry and the Workplace” to the “Truth of Historical Fiction” to “Literature and the Law,” a topic on which I also write and speak extensively. I am also a credentialed mediator, a practical outgrowth of my academic focus on finding common ground.

Becoming a novelist was, however, less deliberate—one might say accidental—as the story of O’Brien’s Desk found me rather than the other way around. But now I’m hooked. My second book, The Natural Selection, was a California, San Diego and Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist and I am nearing completion of a third. When not writing, I enjoy hiking the beach trails in my hometown of Solana Beach, California, with my husband, neurotic dog, and, when lucky, our two grown children.


A Few of My Favorites

Mystery: Ian Piers, An Instance of the Fingerpost 

Poet: Walt Whitman, "Leaves of Grass" 

Novelist: George Eliot, Daniel Deronda 

Lawyer: Clarence Darrow 

Quotes: "In spite of illness, in spite even of the arch-enemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways." 
—Edith Wharton
“The past is never dead, it’s not even past”
—William Faulkner