I grew up in Southern California, where I played a lot of sports (softball, soccer, basketball, track, cross-country) and I read a lot of books (Where the Red Fern Grows, The Pigman, The Outsiders, anything by Judy Blume). In college I again participated in these two loves: I majored in English and played on UCLA's fledgling women's soccer team.
After graduation, I taught eighth grade English for ten years and made a career-changing discovery: I actually liked grading essays. Well, not grading per se, but giving students feedback to help them edit and polish their papers. After marriage and relocation led me to leave my teaching post, I became a volunteer editor for a small nonprofit's magazine, trained as a copyeditor, and began my second career as a freelancer.
My other adventures in words include writing educational nonfiction for children and young adults, and ghostwriting self-help, how-to, and memoir (list of published books here).
When I'm not writing or editing, I play softball, run, hike, and spend as much time as possible enjoying the great outdoors. I also volunteer with Epic Experience, a nonprofit that provides weeklong adventure camps to adult cancer survivors (www.epicexperience.org).
My husband and I reside in Ventura County, California, with our hound mix, Sedona.