A little bit about me . . .

I’m a mother, writer, teacher, and lover of books—literary and otherwise. I first experienced genre confusion when one of my own professors asked what type of writing interested me, and I answered “historical romance.” (She meant fiction or nonfiction.) Although I haven’t pursued romance writing (yet!), I have followed my dream of writing traditional mysteries set in South Dakota. I also write edgier short stories.

Academically, my interests lie in Women Writers, Pioneer History, Transcendentalism, and the Lost Generation. I’ve taught college English and humanities for over ten years and guest teach upon request. When I’m not in the classroom, I love spending time with my family. I’m married to my partner in crime and have two wonderful daughters. We love to travel together, read together, and eat pizza together. And when it comes to watching movies, we can always agree on our favorite characters: Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Gang!

I love hearing from readers, students, and just about anyone else who might want to talk about books, writing, or South Dakota’s weather. (Yes, winters really are that cold.) Contact me through the Contact page, or e-mail me directly at