Having a Portuguese poet grandfather and a no-nonsense Swedish grandmother with secrets, I was born with stories to tell.

Before catching the writing bug, I worked in management and policy director positions for leading regional and national rural development, organic/sustainable agriculture, and environmental nonprofits. In my last nine-year tenure, I served as executive director of the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides.

I write whenever I’m not wearing my business manager hat in my husband’s Freedom of Information Act law firm (I wrote most of the website copy).

My passion for creative writing was rediscovered in 2016 during a three-day novel writing workshop on an evergreen-topped Oregon Coast headland. There, I met Charlotte Rains-Dixon, who became my writing coach and continues to inspire me.

The spark was ignited, and I soon started my first literary/Western fiction novel, SPIRIT RIVER, loosely based on my grandfather’s life. My second novel, set in Cambodia during the early 1990s, is in the beginning stages. Flash fiction, short stories, and poetry are short-form fiction I enjoy penning.

I earned a BA with honors in International Studies and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oregon and an MS in Agricultural Extension and Adult Education with a minor in Conservation and Sustainable Development from Cornell University.

I have traveled domestically and internationally, including a 13-month stint in the early 90s, living and working in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with tanks and military curfews a daily occurrence.

When not helping to release public documents from their bureaucratic entanglement and pursuing my writing projects, you will find me in my organic garden, snuggling our yellow lab and Norwich terrier, or taking off on the next adventure with my much-loved husband, who fancies himself my muse.