Although I've spent most of my adult life in the northern and midwestern United States, my imagination has always lived in the South, the homeland of my childhood, and I love writing about the South.
My debut novel, SURFACE AND SHADOW, will be released by Pen-L Publishing on Sept. 1, 2016. I've also published short stories, articles, and essays in literary magazines, commercial magazines, anthologies, and newspapers, including Grow Old Along With Me—The Best Is Yet To Be, Uncertain Promise, Voices From the Porch, The Kansas City Star, St. Anthony Messenger, and Our State: Down Home in North Carolina. My short stories have been recognized by the Syndicated Fiction Project, the Salem College National Literary Awards, the Grammy Awards, and the Black River Chapbook Competition of Black Lawrence Press.
I'm a co-founder of the literary press Whispering Prairie Press in Kansas City, Missouri, and due to the excellent leaders who have steered the press since its beginning, it's still going strong.
A North Carolina native, I graduated from Duke University with a B.A. degree in English, completed graduate level creative writing courses at the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and earned a master’s degree in English with Writing Concentration at William Paterson University in New Jersey.
I currently live in Maryland with my cat, Ivy Rowe, and I'm delighted to be residing south of the Mason-Dixon Line again.