I am the author of books and stories for children and young adults that have been published by Dial, Viking, Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins Australia, and Cricket Magazine. After earning an MFA in Creative Writing from Southern CT State University in 2013, I began writing for an older audience as well. My short stories have been published in a variety of online and print journals.
My past awards include the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award and the CT Review Prize for Fiction. In 2014, I was a finalist in the William Faulkner/William Wisdom Writing Competition (short story).
I have taught fiction writing for the Southern CT State University, The Mark Twain House Museum and Gotham Writer’s Workshop. I also worked with the Afghan Women's Writing Project helping women tell their stories from 2009-2016 and continue to work with Afghan students via email through the ROYA Mentorship Program.