I'm a citizen of the Karuk Tribe (California). I grew up in southern California and graduated from Agoura High School and University of California at Santa Barbara. After a series of jobs that weren't wonderful I completed a paralegal training program through UCLA Extension.
There was a terrible period where I couldn't find a job or even a job interview and ran out of money and kept moving and sleeping on couches until I ended up in the Pacific Northwest. I did a number of jobs until I got my big break as a paralegal working with Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations. I'm still at it decades later.
I'm married and live in a funny little house with a big yard where I grow pumpkins and dahlias and take pictures of them. No children or pets. I enjoy baking, yoga, organizing, and the Portland Timbers.
I've been writing since the beginning of time but nothing came of it until 2007 when I won second prize in Wordstock, the book festival in Portland, Oregon.
I used that story to apply to Clarion West and graduated from the workshop in 2008.
Updated in 2016 -- Red Tape Stories from Indian Country. Available at all your favorite online booksellers: Kindle | Apple | Kobo | Nook | Paperback coming soon. Twelve stories all in one handy place. There is a post about the re-release here.
In 2015, The Battle of Little Big Science was invited to be included in a collection of sci-fi stories published in the Czech Republic. This is my first time being translated. There's more about the book here.
"The Medicine Woman of Talking Rock" (April 2013) at Podcastle.
"Lottie v. The Moon Hopper" Future Lovecraft (Innsmouth Free Press, Dec 2011)
"Social Security" in Wordstock 10 2007
read some stories
I wrote this for my Holiday 09 newsletter.
I wrote this for a contest and spruced it up for the Holiday 10 newsletter. Update: I recently re-read this story (2016) and it is a mess. I wrote it and I can barely follow it. It needs another draft or ten. I may re-purpose this someday but for now it's hidden in a drawer.
This was published earlier this year and isn't easy to track down so I made it the Holiday 12 story.
Everything I write is set in Indian Country, usually the mid-Klamath region in Northern California. I massage the geography a bit to suit my purposes. I've been struggling with work/life balance issues and writing has been slow and my output pitiful. I'm not giving up. Hopefully I'll have some new stuff soon.