I've been writing fiction and poetry since the age of nine. Like my writing heroine, Louisa May Alcott, I always dreamed that some day my work would be published. That dream was sometimes elusive, especially after college when I married and raised four children in various towns throughout the northeastern United States. Yet I kept writing in my spare time and eventually managed to publish some short stories and two light romances with St. Martin's Press.
I graduated from Bates College in the late 1960s and received my MFA degree in 2002 from Vermont College, where I worked closely with Bret Lott and Victoria Redel. Since then, I've taught writing at Worcester State University, Fitchburg State University, Granite State College, and the Worcester Institute for Senior Education. A life-long history lover, I also worked as an educator and historical interpreter at Orchard House Museum in Concord, Massachusetts. It was at that time when I began to marry fiction and history. In 2005, my novel Mr. Emerson's Wife was published by St. Martin's Press. Flight of the Sparrow was published by New American Library in July, 2014.
My husband and I moved back to my native Vermont in the summer of 2011, just days before Tropical Storm Irene devastated the area. Road washouts forced us to get acquainted with back roads we probably wouldn't have discovered for months otherwise. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, playing with my grandchildren or exploring Vermont with my camera.
phone interview September, 2017