image: Teri Howatt

I live near the amazing indie bookstore Third Place Books. The adjacent, nonprofit Third Place Commons space is my writing home away from home where I’m fueled by abundant caffeine and chocolate croissants. My critique group meets there every week.

I grew up in Southern California. When I was in the fourth grade I traveled to Oregon to visit family and fell in love with the Pacific Northwest. It was summer, and my cousins apologized for the rain, but I wanted to stay in Portland forever.

I live near Seattle with my husband and Flash, a seven year old Aussie rescue who just found us.