About Me

Hi!

I love books, writing, and dragons and I’d love to share my loves with you!

A Little More About Me…

I live in sunny San Diego with my hubby (centaur), two kids (griffin&chimera), two furbeast kitties, and a mischievous furbeast pup.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Balboa Park. That’s why it’s the setting for my middle grade book: Cordemente-The Secret of the Guardians. All those big archways and carvings? Obviously portals to magical worlds.

I’m represented by the amazing Natalie Lakosil, agent extraordinaire of Bradford Literary Agency. Woot, woot, Natalie!

When I’m not writing or playing Sushi Go! or D&D with the fam, I’m digging into my day job. I’m a psychiatrist which means I’m a doctor that helps people with their emotions like sadness, worry, anger, and fear. I love helping people–it fulfills me everyday.


“Encountering a character with the same worries, same fears, same hang ups as us let’s us know we’re not alone. And that knowledge can mean the difference between happiness and sadness, getting help and not getting help, and life and death itself.”


Helping people can be intense. My way to unwind is by writing. Does psychiatry make its way into my pages? You bet! We need to read characters that struggle with their emotions. Encountering a character with the same worries, same fears, same hang ups as us let’s us know we’re not alone. And that knowledge can mean the difference between happiness and sadness, getting help and not getting help, and life and death itself.

I have a beef with books that portray people with mental illness as jokes or belittled as zany side kicks. Or the story is ALL about their depression, psychosis, or bipolar disorder. The reality is that although people struggle with mental illness, it doesn’t need to be the thing that defines them. I’ve found time and time again that people don’t succeed despite their struggles–they succeed because of them.


“People don’t succeed despite their struggles–they succeed because of them.”

When you read Cordemente–The Secret of the Guardians you’ll meet Sebastian. He clearly has difficulty with some obsessive compulsive tendencies. In books and movies, people with OCD tend to be whiny, scared wimps. But not Sebastian. He’s loyal, thoughtful, intelligent, incredibly brave, and stands up for justice whenever there’s a need…oh, and he can hit a bullseye with an arrow a gazillion miles away.

You’ll also meet Amy. She’s dealing with psychosis. Psychosis comes in many forms, but most commonly people hear voices and feel that they’re being followed. In movies, people with psychosis are often portrayed as deranged, dangerous psycho killers. Amy paints a more accurate picture. She’s kind, thoughtful, wants to help, and not at all dangerous…the voices bother her and sometimes confuse her. In reality, tons of people struggle with psychosis all the time. Security guards, daycare workers, grocery store baggers…people that you meet everyday!

But Cordemente- The Secret of the Guardians isn’t about OCD or psychosis or grief. It’s about a girl who can turn into a dragon and needs to save the world.

Thank you for checking out my webpage. Don’t forget to take the Beast quiz. You can find it on the “What’s your inner beast?” tab. FYI, I’m a griffin. What beast lurks inside of you?

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