I grew up in Los Altos, California and graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Latin American Studies. I earned a Master’s degree in Education and another MA in Educational Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University. From 1983 to 2013, I worked in public schools throughout California as a high school teacher, administrator, teacher trainer, grant writer and educational entrepreneur, helping to found three education companies and a public charter school.
Since that time, I have focused on writing, reporting for a bilingual, regional Costa Rican newspaper and publishing my first work of fiction, Fertile Soil: Stories of the California Dream, in 2016. I published my debut novel, In This Land of Plenty, in July of 2020. I divide my time between Costa Rica, where I live with my husband and two big dogs, and the Monterey Peninsula, California.
In addition to continuing the story of the Castro/Brennan family through the Gold Rush and into the 20th century for a sequel to In This Land of Plenty, I am working on a children's book series featuring tropical and jungle animals. I also serve as a writing coach for International Baccalaureate seniors at the international school, Del Mar Academy, in Nosara, Costa Rica.
I love to be a creativity cheerleader for friends in the arts, particularly those writing books, and assist as a content and copy editor when needed. I serve as a board member for a local library, Biblioteca Kitson, in the same community. And I occasionally still write freelance feature stories, particularly for the Voz de Guanacaste, serving Northwest Costa Rica.
In addition to writing and supporting my friends' creative endeavors, I enjoy tennis, running, hiking, mountain biking, observing nature and photographing it, reading, interacting with friends and family. And I love hanging out with my dogs, Duke and Zoe.