About Me

I'm a writer and editor living in San Antonio, TX. I have an MFA from Texas State University, and my fiction and essays have appeared in Catapult, SheKnows, Narrative, Asterix journal, and People magazine, among others. I've co-authored 8 books and edited upwards of 70, some of which you can see on the Books page. My debut novel, THE BLUE HOUR, is represented by Hillary Jacobson at ICM Partners.

Reported Essay: How Hundreds of Women Mobilized to Become the Unsung Heroes Behind Hurricane Harvey Rescues

Everywhere I look, I see water. I imagine it swallowing the tangle of brush outside my second-story bedroom windows, eventually rising to lick the glass, to press its way inside. On a walk, I wondered what I would do if I saw it rushing toward me. The mesquite trees, with their flimsy prickly branches, would be no help. If I clung to the telephone poles, would they electrocute me, or was that only if they fell?

Essay: When Cancer Runs in Your Family

As a birthday gift, my mom wanted to take me shopping. I had one leg deep in a black over-the-knee boot when my phone rang. My mom, still smiling, took a fraction of a second longer than I did to realize: This could be the call we'd been waiting on. The results of my biopsy. In April, around the time a lychee-sized cyst grew on my thyroid overnight, I felt a lump in my breast. The cyst was removed first, a silvery needle penetrating the darkness of my throat on an ultrasound screen, and tested for cancer: negative. But the mammogram showed a cluster of microcalcifications appearing like white freckles on the dark image of my left breast.