I’m a former flight attendant with a BA from UCLA and an MFA from UC Riverside. My debut novel, Love Me Anyway, was published in 2013 by St. Martin’s Press, and my short fiction and personal essays have appeared in such places as The New York Times, The Potomac Review, StoryQuarterly, and NPR’s “All Things Considered.” I have also worked as travel editor at Coast magazine and as a freelance journalist for publications that include the Los Angeles Times, Sunset, CNN.com, GQ.com, and National Geographic Traveler. I’m a private writing coach and have taught writing workshops at Rutgers University, Southern New Hampshire University, and The Writer’s Center in DC.
I married a pilot (cliché, I know), and we have two spunky kids. After several military moves, we recently landed in sunny Tucson, Arizona, a heavenly change after seven East Coast winters. Not so easy for this So Cal native to endure! When I’m not playing with fire trucks, reading Dr. Seuss, or working with clients, I'm revising my second novel. It’s about a military wife, but no, it’s not my story…to say the least. She gets married after being knocked up by a one-night-stand whereas for us, conception involved the whole rigmarole of pills and shots. A steamy tryst in a Dubai hotel suite would have been infinitely more fun, but as you can imagine, my characters’ journey involves a lot more drama.
Thanks to the amazing animator Jerrold Ridenour, what started off as a trailer turned into a brilliant short film and stand-alone portrait of the flight attendant life. We were thrilled to be part of the DC Shorts Film Festival and hope you enjoy this deep look behind-the-scenes at 30,000 feet.
My Love Story in the New York Times
I got married a few months ago, but my husband — a proud Air Force pilot from a small town in Georgia — doesn’t know how we met. Rather, he doesn’t know the path that led me to him. By the time he was …Read More