Too short to be an elf and too tall to be a Hobbit, I live smack-dab in the centre of New Zealand’s North Island surrounded by thermal activity, stunning lakes, and enough Redwoods to make my Californian heart swoon.
I studied English Literature at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, where I met and married my husband and had three children. The Central Coast of California still rates as one of my favourite places ever.
I’m jumping into the publishing world–YA fiction with a dash of fantasy, a little bit of sci-fi, and a smidgen of romance is where my pen takes me. I write about discovering identity, living without fear, and enjoy creating fantastic worlds.
My sci-fi short story “Beyond the Stars, Past the Moons” is in Encircled, an anthology of fairy tale retellings (you can buy it here if you’re in the US or if you’re in NZ, check out the PayPal option below!) My unpublished YA fantasy, The Two Queens of Kyrie, won the American Christian Fiction Writer’s 2015 First Impressions contest and the 2016 Genesis contest in the YA category. I’m working on other manuscripts and hope to secure an agent soon.
Love: coffee!!! tree ferns, dark chocolate, British spelling (except for tyre, that one still looks weird), and Jesus.
Hate: raw poultry, spiders, cycling (but not cyclists), and mould.
Hobbies: reading, writing, dinner out with friends on Eat Streat, walking on New Zealand’s west coast beaches, and the occasional (okay, often) Netflix binge.
If you subscribe to my newsletter, I’ll send you my fantasy flash fiction story “The Stone Veil” and I give away goodies like NZ chocolate, e-books, and the occasional Amazon gift card in every one. I’m also putting together a Reader’s Group/Street Team and an exclusive Facebook group if you’re interested in even more perks.
Hope to see you around more often and feel free to introduce yourself in the comment section.