coffee. carbs. toddler. teenagers. write. work. walk. husband. snuggles. wine. more wine. vox. read. travel. garden. pray. repeat.

photo cred: Megan Spelman

a little about me: I hold a master’s in labour studies from McMaster University and a bachelor’s in photojournalism and writing from Western Kentucky University. When I’m not writing, you can find me running around with my three children, watering my garden, sipping wine and chatting with my chickens. During my adulting hours, I’m a professor of photography/design and run a media company with my husband.

Some of my favourite books.

…in no particular order:

Beartown/Us Against You – Fredrick Backman

Tell the Wolves I’m Home – Carol Rifka Brunt

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

Tiny Beautiful Things – Cheryl Strayed

Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell

The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexander Dumas

Educated – Tara Westover

The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd

A Complicated Kindness – Miriam Toews

A Woman Is No Man – Etaf Rum

The Office of Historical Corrections – Danielle Evans


team Petah.

em dash overuser.



If I were stuck on a deserted island and could only watch one show for the rest of my life…

I honestly don’t know if I’d chose
The Office or Parks and Rec.

It’s the question that won’t go away.

More favourite books.

Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

The Paris Wife – Paula Mclain

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

Commonwealth – Ann Patchett

East of Eden – John Steinbeck

Ask Again, Yes – Mary Beth Keane

The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver

A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini 

Valentine – Elizabeth Wetmore

Anything Is Possible – Elizabeth Strout

The Clay Girl – Heather Tucker

I write novels and essays about topics I care about:

…like girlhood, big life questions, courage, identity, the South, coming-of-age, class, relationships, power/privilege, racism, religion/faith, feminism, the environment.

Say Hello.

If you have a question or comment about my writing, shoot me a line, and I’ll reply if my kid has a good nap:

Once upon a time, I wrote a book with my friend Lindsay.

My next two novels, WE WERE ALL DROWNING and DEMOCRACY OF GIRLS, are out with agents and I am drafting/editing two more books.

I promise to post something at least once a month. Once a year, it will even be witty. >>>

p.s. time for a donut? you’re welcome.

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