The short version: First Connecticut. Then Texas. Now Āotearoa! 

Originally from Connecticut with a serious soft-spot for Texas and Prince Edward Island (Canada), I now live within walking distance of a swimming beach in Christchurch (New Zealand) with my partner, Mel, our two teens, Kahu and Mya, plus two cats (Diva and Onyx) and a dog (Tui). 

I am a member of the New Zealand Poetry Society, the New Zealand Society of Authors, and the South Island Writers' Association. I am also a substitute teacher at WRITE ON: The School for Young Writers in Christchurch.

When I'm not writing or at work, you can find me playing PUBG, reading, or dreaming of my next adventure. 

A few favourites:

  • Young Adult Fiction: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman; Hatchet by Gary Paulsen  

  • Adult Fiction: The True Story of Hansel & Gretel by Louise Murphy; The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx; The Road by Cormac McCarthy

  • Poetry: Native Bird by Bryan Walpert; The Blue Outboard by Nick Williamson; Fires by Raymond Carver

  • Songs: 'Polaroids' by Shawn Colvin; 'Love Will Come to You' by the Indigo Girls; 'The Unforgettable Fire' by U2

  • Movies: The Black Stallion; The Point (with Alan Thicke narrating); Bladerunner - the director's cut

  • Food: mochaccinos, homemade soup, cilantro


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