Since I was young, I was obsessed with great books and movies that can bring the love and hatred of relationships to life and understand the true motivations of why people do what they do, sometimes. I probably reenacted some of the worst dramatic relationship scenarios from your favorite book/movie in real life (that’s how we learn, right? Right?). Poetry and fiction were always a part of who I was and how I expressed myself, no matter what my career was at the time.
Writing “American Honey” was such an exciting journey. The book is mainly based at a fictional ranch in Texas, which is nostalgic to me because I also vacationed at a ranch elsewhere growing up, and experienced the same thrill of freedom. I had a great time creating these characters and bringing them to life with a similar sensation for a backdrop.
“The Unwinding” is a father and daughter’s journey in pursuit of the past. A Manhattan top criminal attorney couldn’t hide the truth from his daughter, that she was secretly adopted, and that much of Missy’s life has been for show. Her father, Jack is hiding something, but it’s not what she thinks.
As a public relations and communications executive for 20+ years, I’ve grown a strong storytelling lens in brand, corporate, and crisis communications. Prior to my post as a consultant, for nearly a decade, I worked at corporate headquarters for the following footwear brands: Nike, Lacrosse Footwear and Danner. Post collegiate years were spent supporting a variety of clients with agencies Burson-Marsteller and Golin/Harris in Los Angeles. Prior to my career in PR, I wrote for several publications as part of their editorial staff including The New Yorker, BRIDE’S Magazine and GQ.
With a love for reading, education and community, I serve as the Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for the West Linn Library Foundation. When not writing or consulting, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and trying to catch my two girls and two dogs, as they run circles around me.
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