I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. I majored in English and Creative Writing at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, and received a Master's Degree in Women's Studies from San Diego State University. While in graduate school, I discovered and fell in love with the writing of M.F.K Fisher. I was mentored by award-winning biographer, Susan Cayleff, who encouraged me to write a book. While searching for an agent, I met Robert Lescher, (formerly M.F.K. Fisher's literary agent), who represented my first books.
An Extravagant Hunger: The Passionate Years of M.F.K. Fisher, is the result of lengthy research involving travel abroad, weeks at Harvard's Schlesinger Library, and the Private Collection of M.F.K. Fisher. I subsequently compiled and introduced two collections of Fisher's work: Love In A Dish and Other Culinary Delights (Penguin UK and Counterpoint Press in 2011), and M.F.K. Fisher: Musings on Wine and Other Libations (Sterling Epicure, 2012).
I teach in Stanford University's Online Writers Studio and am an emeritus member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto. I live in San Francisco with my husband and two small children and am finishing my first memoir.