Biography of a Writer

portraitWriting has always been easy and fun for me. As a young girl, I kept countless diaries, but I slowly realized that writing doesn't count for much if no one ever reads it. I actually sort of wished people would try to peek, but I guess my 8-year-old existence wasn't that interesting.

Every writer needs to learn how to say what she means without fiddling around too much. I learned to do that in AP Modern European History, at age 15. It was a real revelation: without clear, simple language, the most glorious idea would get lost in the shuffle of stopping to digest each sentence and look up the difficult words. I've tried to follow that philosophy with every piece I've written since.

When I went off to architecture school at Cooper Union in Manhattan, I began a series of weekly e-mails to friends and family. Every week I had more requests to be added to the list, which grew to include acquaintances and strangers who just liked reading my work. (This was after e-mail, but before blogs.) These anecdotes about New York City led to the birth of my writing career: I published a handful of pieces for Books & Culture magazine in a column called “City Journal.”

In an architectural history course, at age 19, I learned what I love to write about: the mythic in the everyday. I am told that my work resonates with people because it reflects the joy and sorrow found in the smallest of everyday occurrences. Someone once remarked, “I think you could make taking out the trash sound interesting!” (Okay, that was my grandmother, but she’s also an English teacher, so it must count for something.)

After two educational but exhausting years in New York, I moved back to Maryland. I worked in an architecture firm briefly, spent some time in Greece, and then finished my B. A. in Classical Civilizations at Catholic University, where I graduated with honor in 2003.

I've had two separate teaching jobs fall into my lap and have come to enjoy both. I teach private piano lessons in the Suzuki method, which I trained in as a student; I also teach an SAT Prep course for a private school in Baltimore. In addition, I am teaching a Creative Writing course this year, and I've found that there is no better inspiration than reading and critiquing the work of the young, talented writers that make up my class.

My biography would not be complete without mention of my husband Rob, whose constant encouragement and firm prodding led to the development of this site. I never finished architecture school, but I'm married to an architect, which has turned out to be a lot more fun.

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