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My first book, An Extravagant Hunger, a biography of the iconic food writer 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 attended Linfield College and received a Master's Degree in Women's Studies from San Diego State University. While in graduate school, I 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.


For over ten years I've taught in Stanford Continuing Studies Online Writing Program. I live in Portland, Oregon with my husband and three small children. 


I'm now represented by Nicki Richesin at Dunow, Carlson & Lerner. My debut novel, MATERNAL INSTINCT, is out on submission now.