Short Cuts 

The first tribe I found was my college rugby team. Those women are still some of my best friends.

I love rafting rivers, but I’m terrified of drowning. I’m even more terrified of seeing my kids drown. Every river day is exhilarating and terrifying.

I met my husband, Travis, in South Bend, Indiana, when I was 21 years old. I had a shaved head, I was wearing a muscle shirt that said “We May Be Small but We’re Slow,” and I was carrying stolen yard flamingos under both arms. He couldn’t resist me.

I have a small but treasured collection of heart rocks.

My memoir, Solar-Powered Sex Machine, is ranked #1,750,792 on Amazon. That’s not good, but self-publishing was the best crash course I ever took.

I can land an airplane on a dirt strip. Thanks, Dad.

My favorite Shakespeare play is The Tempest. I HEART Miranda.

Long live RBG, Michelle Wolf, Roxane Gay, Rachel Maddow, Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Duckworth, Abbi and Ilana, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and all the honey badgers.

The Long Way Round

I was born in Chicago. My dad built computer systems way before Zuckerburg was conceived, so we moved around a lot. I think that makes me an IT brat, which is like being an army brat except you don’t have friends. I survived the nineties, but just barely. My high school class nominated me Biggest BS’er and I am still vaguely confused about it. I studied English and Russian at the University of Virginia, and earned an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

I’ve always wanted to write novels, so I’ve had to find a lot of ways to actually make money. I’ve built houses, edited magazines, driven horse carriages, answered a lot of phones, taught creative writing and literature, and raised money for non-profits. I also advocate for education and literacy and volunteer in my community. I live in Fort Collins, Colorado, with my husband Travis, two sweet kids, two very fat guinea pigs, and Lil Snakey. I write and edit science for Colorado State University. I’m a member of a small writing group (heeeyyyy Breakfast Club), the 12×12 Picture Book Challenge, and SCBWI. My motto is Word by Word.