As a California native born and raised on the American River in Sacramento, I started my career in the Silicon Valley writing about technology trends and innovations for newspapers, magazines, and Fortune 100 companies. A few of my other features include my experience wearing my novel at Burningman, and publications in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Marin Independent Journal, Numero Cinq, Medium, Women's eNews, Outdoor Magazine, and Hunger Mountain. I've an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and a B.A. from California Polytechnic State University, and attended Hedgebrook and the Squaw Valley Writer's Workshop. I've worked as a lifeguard, ski instructor and radio disc jockey.
A fanatical enthusiasm for California history led me on a quest to discover women’s contributions in building the West. The result is my yet-to-be published debut novel—Prospects of a Woman. Two-time Governor General's award-winning author Douglas Glover says, "Prospects of a Woman is a fascinating, complex, dark, and beautiful novel of women and sexuality on the frontier of the California gold strike days." An excerpt entitled "Shifting in California" won 1st place in the California Writer's Club short story contest and is published in the Fault Zone Shift Anthology.
My fledgling blog—She is California—chronicles women throughout history who helped build California, shattering that old male western stereotype of the hapless barmaid waiting around a dusty saloon for a brave cowboy or Sheriff to rescue her. Take care of her. Make her an honest woman. Not so in California. In reality, California women weren't waiting around for a man, but were working to build the fast-growing society of the West. They were fiercely independent. Powerful. Far from hapless. And hardly helpless. The roots of California women go deep, growing out of the social, economic, and political climate upon statehood in 1850.