After an exciting career in public relations and marketing, I’m now happily pursuing my love of creative writing full time. I also occasionally lead writing workshops for Central Carolina Community College’s Creative Writing Program in Pittsboro, N.C.
A former city dweller, I live with my husband, the sculptor, Johnpaul Harris, in the wilds of southwestern Randolph County where I wake to the arpeggio of the pileated woodpecker. When I’m not writing, I’ll either be making jam or poking around an abandoned cemetery imagining the lives of the people sleeping under my feet.
My poetry and prose have appeared in The Naugatuck River Review, The Thomas Wolfe Review, Pinesong, Wildlife in North Carolina, Romantic Homes and numerous other literary journals. Eureka Literary Magazine nominated my story Tamarisk, for a Pushcart Prize, and I’ve won the Doris Betts Fiction Prize sponsored by the N.C. Writers’ Network twice. In March 2018, I was honored to have three flash fictions featured in The Collection: Flash Fiction for Flash Memory.
My first novel, Naked and Hungry, was named a finalist in the 2009 James Jones First Novel Fellowship competition sponsored by Wilkes University and was published in 2011 by Ingalls Publishing Group. Library Journal named Naked and Hungry one of the season’s most promising debut novels for Fall 2011.
One of my specialties is humor. Recent pieces include my humorous essay, What She’s Thinking, (Women on Writing, April 2018) and To-Do List of a First-Time Teleworker, which earned first place in the 2017 Carolina Woman Writing Contest. Other humorous shorts include Running with the Bulls (Hardball Times, January 2018) and All-Inclusive Vacation for Pessimists (Brilliant Flash Fiction, September 2015).
My favorite authors include Anton Chekhov, William Trevor, Flannery O’Connor, Shirley Jackson, and lately, the poets Billy Collins, Jane Kenyon, Rachel Wetzsteone, and Charles Simic. Just to name a few….