I have a Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in medieval and early modern literature and an Honors B.A. in English and French. I’ve taught many classes on literature, composition, and history, and one of my favorite things is helping students learn to become close readers and better writers.
I love to explore the outdoors–especially if it involves hiking and photographing animals–and always jump at the chance to travel somewhere new. I live with my husband, daughter, and perpetually shedding Siberian Husky in a hidden patch of wilderness in the middle of Los Angeles.
Hogwarts House: Ravenclaw primary, Slytherin secondary
Patronus: Siberian Husky and/or Direwolf (though Pottermore thinks it should be a Bassett Hound…either way, it’s definitely a doggo!)
Sign: Sagittarius rising, sun in Cancer, moon in Sagittarius
Favorite Color: Forest green
Favorite Food(s): Coffee, ice cream and salted caramel, anything with noodles
Favorite Smell(s): Coffee, pumpkin bread, pine needles, my dog after she’s been bathed
Favorite Pastimes: Coffee, reading, writing, blogging, podcasting, bingeing a good TV series, hiking, running, exploring L.A.
Formative Literary Influences: Edith Wharton, Emily Brontë, Gail Carson Levine, Susan Cooper, Madeleine L’Engle, Jude Watson, Alexandre Dumas, Victor Hugo, Lloyd Alexander
Favorite Holiday: Midwinter/ Yule
Dream House: A medieval castle, probably in Scotland
Heart Place: Te Waipounamu, “the place of greenstone,” otherwise known as the South Island of New Zealand–where my iwi holds rangatiratanga (tribal authority)
First Book: When I was in the third grade, I wrote a book called The Great Corn Seed Adventure (true story). I wrote my first novel when I was sixteen–a fairy tale mashup called Clarissa the Conscientious.
Bragging Rights: I earned a perfect score on the Verbal section of the GRE (the test you have to take to apply to graduate school) and perfect scores on the English and Reading sections of the ACT. Math and science, not so much.
Guilty Pleasure: Candy corn (I know, I know)
Random Fact: When I was in the seventh grade, I represented my school district in the state spelling bee and made it to the final round (top ten).
Another Random Fact: I was the youngest person living in the dorms my freshman year of college.
Low-key Plug: I’m the co-host of a feminist literary podcast called Witches in Britches. Give us a listen!