“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” ― Henry David Thoreau
Following Mr. Thoreau’s advise, which echoed my father’s response when I expressed an interest in studying journalism after high school, I spent years living, working, traveling, and eventually studying earning my seat at the keyboard, where I now write fiction, essays, and travel blogs, often experimenting with different literary devices to find interesting ways of story telling.
My work experience has been purposeful, successful, engaging, unusual, at times frustrating, and too varied and vast for a short “about” page. Therefore I will make it brief, only relating how I happen to be writing now. After graduating with Honors from the University or California, Irvine, with a Bachelor Degree in English (2004), and after completing my Masters in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing at Sonoma State University (2007), I taught English at Orange Coast College. For eight years I spent more hours a week preparing lessons and correcting papers for my Freshman Composition and Critical Thinking Through the Analysis of Literature classes then I ever spent in a week working as a Property Manager responsible for over one million square feet of commercial real estate, and I worked long hours doing that job for eighteen years. Eventually the heavy work load, as well as the lack of pay and sense of accomplishment prompted me to quit and pursue my interest in writing fiction—a passion that keeps me busy writing short stories and novels.
And when I am not writing fiction, I am blogging about my travels, which have taken me to England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, the US Virgin Islands, and throughout the continental United States, Hawaiian Islands, and Alaska. I have been extremely lucky!