Author, editor, poet, historian, linguist, photoshop artist, web designer, social media geek, foodie, herbalist, intrepid gardener, wanderer, cyclist, music lover, and mixed media artist.
I am a native Tucsonan, if native Tucsonans truly exist anymore. My childhood in Tucson was spent playing in mud puddles after the monsoon rains, riding in the backs of Jeeps, playing with my dad’s bird dogs, and crawling on hands and knees after lizards and insects. I lived for several years in the beautiful redrock canyonlands country of Moab, Utah, where I developed a love for cycling, chickens, cows, horses, and the smell of newly cut alfalfa. I have also lived in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Cochise County, Arizona, where I developed a few enduring friendships with ladies with very down to Earth perspectives who have profoundly changed my life. And yet, every time I move away I invariably find myself being drawn back to Tucson.
I learned to read at age three and have been reading voraciously ever since. I have been writing – everything from short stories to poetry to (most recently) blogs – for almost as long. I enjoy reading mythology, classical literature, poetry, non-fiction, thrillers (such as Germ, or anything by Grisham), sci-fi, popular science, new physics, and travel diaries.
Oddly enough, I loathe stories set in the Southwest.
I have always had a fascination with, and aptitude for, learning new languages. I have studied Latin, Spanish, Italian and Modern Greek, and have plans to study either German or Mandarin next. I am an avid Medieval and Renaissance historian and am currently researching the glorious epic poem, Orlando Furioso, and consequently 15th-16th c. Ferrara, in my spare time.
I hold degrees in Linguistics and English from the University of Arizona, where I work as the managing editor for a medical/scientific journal. I have a love for learning and will continue learning as much as I can cram into my head for the rest of my life.
I have a passion for growing things – or at least giving it a good try while doing various alternative gardening experiments, such as growing potato towers (successful) or planted baskets (not so successful). For the past few years I have been working on implementing permaculture and water harvesting in my backyard.
Photography is one of my many casual interests and, with a keen eye for light and color, I will occasionally capture a real gem of a shot – using nothing more than my cell phone.
I enjoy playing with my two dogs and taking them for long walks in the desert.