I was born and raised in the suburbs just outside of Houston. For my undergraduate degree, I attended Baylor University where I studied Religion, English, and Classics. After graduation, I moved to Houston, and since I had no idea what else to do with myself, I worked as a barista at an independent coffee shop where I had plenty of time to read and gather material for all the stories I said I would write someday. Then my aimlessness put me on a plane to Roatan, Honduras where I worked in a children’s home as a teacher and caretaker and spent a lot of time on the beach getting very tan. Finally, I ended up back in Houston teaching high school English. In 2015, I completed my MFA in Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Also in 2015, I had a baby girl, Margaux, who brings me more joy than I could have ever imagined but makes my writing life more difficult. :)
I’ve always loved reading and have refused to play anything but word games since I was a child, but telling people I wanted to be a writer seemed crazy and a little embarrassing. What if I wasn’t going to be the next J.K. Rowling? What would people say? (Spoiler alert: I’m not the next J.K. Rowling, and I’ve learned to accept that.).
Finally, my husband told me that if I didn’t suck it up and at least give writing a chance, he was going to move us to a tiny mountain town in Colorado where he promised to become a correctional officer in a prison and make us live in a shipping container that he would convert into a house. So here I am. And my husband isn’t a prison guard. And we don’t live in a shipping container. And I’m wildly lucky to read and write all day and call it work.
My fiction is forthcoming in the Summer 2016 issue of Indiana Review and appears in Plougshares, Catch and Release, the online content for Columbia Journal, Quiddity International Literary Journal, Palooka Magazine, and Story|Houston.