Born in Lehi, Utah, I lived among the mountains until my early twenties, when I made my way to the big city. I’ve been in Chicago ever since. I adore the energy, diversity, and vibe of Chicago and Oak Park, where I currently live with my two kids, our rescue dog, and a hamster.
After ten years in the Chicago media market, I dedicated myself to academia … and the associated student loan debt. (Yikes!) I earned MAs in Greek and Roman history and the history of the ancient Near East before getting my Ph.D. in Egyptian history from the University of Chicago. While at UC, I also created two children. (And let me tell you, that is the real accomplishment!) During the dissertation phase, I started a small marketing company and have run it ever since. I have the best biz partners and clients a gal could ask for. But I’m a creative soul at heart and have long enjoyed crafting stories that feature and promote ancient Egyptian settings, characters and artifacts. So when my son, then nine, suggested I write a story about a kid, who looked like him, lost in ancient Egypt, I was excited both by the idea of sharing my passion for ancient history with today’s middle graders and pursuing my dream of becoming a published author.
My debut novel, Jagger Jones and the Mummy’s Ankh, comes out in April of 2019 and I can’t wait to share the adventures of Jagger, and his little sister, Aria, in ancient Egypt with you.
While I spend much of my time writing–and balancing writing with kids and career–I’m happy to head off on a real life adventure anytime the chance arises. I’ve wandered through Havana with my kids, shopped the souks of Bangkok and Istanbul, eaten my way through Italy, enjoyed deep sea diving in Bermuda, and, of course, trekked the ruins of Egypt. Oh, and I’m a pretty social gal—I love making new friends. So I’d be happy if you’d find me on Goodreads, Twitter and Instagram. And for some author Q&As, jump here. If you’re an educator interested in class visits, I’d love to hear from you—more about that here.
Rep’d by: Liza Fleissig