Freckled Go-To Facts

The movie that inspired me to be an actress— Breakfast at Tiffany’s

The book that inspired me to dream of a writer’s life— The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico

Junk food— potato chips

Love and Heartache make me tick; Country music is my pick

Need to laugh long and hard, out loud— watch The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Love Lucy, or FRIENDS.

Favorite films about writers— Midnight in Paris, Finding Forrester, Wonder Boys, Hemingway & Gellhorn

Stranded on an island book— The Hours by Michael Cunningham

My current Go-To fashion color is white BUT I love this quote from Yohji Yamamoto.

Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy— but mysterious. But above all black says this: ‘I don’t bother you- don’t bother me.

Yoga, walking and dancing are daily practices that calm and enliven me

Inspired by Hitchcock, I wrote my first short story at the age of seven. It’s posted in my Writing Practice. During high school, I met Emily Dickinson. She got me; I got her— I decided to be a poet. After college everything changed. I moved to New Orleans and supported myself as a stripper, while earning an MFA in Performance from the University of New Orleans. Acting led to playwriting. My one-act, Beating the Odds, was produced as part of the Washington Theatre Festival in D.C. in 1990 and in 1995 at Mill Mountain Theatre in Roanoke, Virginia. Playwriting led to prose. My creative nonfiction appeared in Sky Island Journal in 2019.

My writing practice transformed my life, so I’m in for the long haul. To discover how I keep patience and persistence alive, I invite you to check out my Notes from the Toolbox.