I am a child of Appalachia. I live in the Southwest VA coal fields where I was born the daughter and granddaughter of coal miners. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have 3 children and at last count, 4 dogs.
I teach Writing and Photojournalism. I am a teacher consultant for the Appalachian Writing Project at the University of Virginia's College at Wise. My work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.
Mama's Shoes is my debut novel.