I’m the author of This Lovely Life: A Memoir of Premature Motherhood (Houghton Mifflin/Mariner Books), winner of the PEN Center Literary Award in Creative Nonfiction, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Bakeless Prize and selected as a 100 Best Book by the San Francisco Chronicle. My work has appeared in the Seneca Review and the Santa Monica Review as well as the anthologies, Love You to Pieces: Creative Writers on Raising a Child With Special Needs, and Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined. I wrote a column at Literary Mama for several years, have been a fellow at Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and a resident at the Cottages at Hedgebrook.
Five years ago, after a long career teaching creative writing, I embarked on a new adventure and became a registered nurse. Today, I work in the operating room at a level one trauma center in Los Angeles. At the hospital, I am the nurse who writes. At home, I am a writer who happens to be a nurse. My writing encompasses both worlds, telling stories about people who sometimes suffer, and always hope to heal. In my spare time, I knit, play fantasy football and watch a lot of reality TV. Feel free to contact me if you’re interested in knowing more about me or my work.