About Me

Naomi (10)
The big news is my young adult novel, THE APOLOGY BOX, is due out this fall from Idle Time Press! I’m so excited to have this book out in the world. Pre-orders will be available soon!
I also write memoir (hoping to publish my memoir, FINDING HOME), and screenplays. My personal essays have been published in Narratively, Mud Season Review and The New Guard, among others.
Although I’ve always enjoyed writing, I didn’t start writing seriously until  I began writing my memoir. Before that, my writing was mainly in the form of song lyrics for my own music and for my band, Janet’s Vice, which cranked out two super fun albums that very few people have ever heard. I spent several years working on my memoir, taking writing classes online, and building a writing community (primarily online) through organizations like The Association for Writers and Writing Professionals (AWP), the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and The Writers Hotel.
Below are some fun awards and recognitions I’ve been lucky enough to receive:
3rd Prize – Salty Blue Monkey’s “First Five Pages” Contest (2021)
AWP Panelist: “Mentoring that Works: Building a Writing Community” (2020)
Partial Scholarship Recipient to The Writers Hotel (2020)
SCBWI Scholarship Recipient to “A Novel Intensive” (2019)
Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship Award in Drama (2018)
I recently moved back to Oregon where I live on the southern Oregon coast with my husband and two boys (and two cats, one gecko and one aquatic frog).