I grew up in Tucson, AZ but have lived in Salt Lake City for almost ten years now. I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a tween. The first X-Men movie, the one released circa 2000, inspired my first attempt at a book. I dabbled in lot of different ideas until I wrote my first “novel” when I was fourteen. I say “novel” because it was 70 single-spaced pages of dialogue. I thought “revision” meant going through and adding missing commas and periods. But it was a start. I wrote “novels” all through high school but stopped writing fiction when I got to college
I attended Pima Community College and the University of Arizona, majoring in Political Science. Somewhere during my junior year of college I realized I didn’t have the guts for politics. I also met my husband, Brandon, around this time who was working on his MFA in nonfiction. I caught the writing bug again and added a double major of Creative Writing. However, I soon realized an undergraduate fiction workshop was not the place for my “love stories.” I changed my emphasis to nonfiction and wrote essays about love (and being Mormon).
I returned to fiction after I graduated from college. In 2010 I participated in NaNoWriMo and rewrote the “novel” I had written when I was fourteen. This time my characters had arcs and more than one conflict. I spent far too many years revising it. In 2014 I compiled the essays I had written in college and added a few new ones to create a collection entitled Confessions of A Mormon Bride. The collection was published on wattpad.com and won a Watty Award for “Most Addictive Read.”
Now I’m living the dream. I’m a stay-at-home mom to two little boys. I spend a lot of time on Facebook, I eat a lot of carbs, and take a lot of naps. I like to grocery shop, listen to National Public Radio, and talk politics with my super smart husband.
Thank you for reading my book and making my dreams come true.