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I've been writing fiction and poetry since the age of nine. Like my writing heroine, Louisa May Alcott, I always dreamed that some day my work would be published. That dream was sometimes elusive, especially after college when I married a United Church of Christ minister and raised four children in various towns in the northeastern United States. Yet I kept writing in my spare time.
A graduate of Bates College, I received my MFA in 2002 from Vermont College, where I worked closely with Bret Lott and Victoria Redel. In 2005, my novel Mr. Emerson's Wife was published by St. Martin's Press and is now available in paperback. My new novel, Flight of the Sparrow, was published by New American Library, a division of the Penguin Group, in July, 2014.
My husband and I moved back to my native Vermont in the summer of 2011, just days before Tropical Storm Irene devastated the area. Road washouts forced us to get acquainted with back roads we probably wouldn't have discovered for months otherwise. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, playing with my grandchildren or exploring Vermont with my camera.
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