I was born and raised on the east coast of Florida. As an awkward child, turned even more awkward teenager, I practiced gymnastics religiously and wrote children's books. Most of my early writing centered on Peanut Louis Ploch, my beloved miniature dachshund (R.I.P. Peanut).
In 2004, right after high school graduation, I moved to Tampa where I studied accounting at the University of South Florida. This was also when I learned how to cook all types of eggs, an essential skill to master.
I graduated from USF, became a C.P.A. and began my career as an auditor. During those years, my writing focused on technical accounting papers – goodwill impairment being a personal favorite. Four years into my career, I raised my hand to work abroad. I had never been outside the United States and didn't even know what a passport stamp looked like (I was expecting a sticky postage stamp).
In June 2012, I moved to Dublin, Ireland. The exciting weekend trips (London for the 2012 Olympics and Istanbul for Thanksgiving) helped to offset the homesickness. It took me a good ten months to really settle in. During that first year abroad, I wrote a lot. I found comfort in blogging and I entertained several ideas for a novel.
I eventually made lots of wonderful friends and truly fell in love with Dublin. I began writing The Shoebox in the summer of 2013 under the working title Burgundy Boots. I completed the first draft in May 2014, but spent longer revising and editing than I did initially writing it. Moving to Dublin and writing this book has been the most rewarding journey. I'm grateful for every part of it and to everyone I've met along the way.
As of March 2015, I've travelled to 20 countries across four continents. My passport is completely filled with those stamps I had never seen. I can only hope my writing career has a similar story to my travels.
I'm still auditing – trying to balance the structured, left-side of my mind with the creative, right-side.
I'm currently living in Dublin.