About 2017-12-24T16:40:24+00:00

I’m a Jersey girl. I’m also a wife, mother, and grandmother. After a thirty-three year career with a social service agency, I turned to freelance writing in 2008. My first work was published in 2009.

They say “write what you know.” Because I’m an expert on my own experience, much of my writing comes from my heart and is shaped by my personal journey.

Circumstances beyond my control—including a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, the end of my first marriage, and a car crash that left me with chronic back pain—brought me to my knees. That’s when I sought God with all my heart and found him waiting with open arms. During this journey I’ve seen painful times bear fruit and discovered joys not dependent on pleasant circumstances.

It’s impossible to separate my faith from who I am and what I write. As I explore new genres, I trust the same source of creativity that inspired my faith-based writing will continue leading me.

I do freelance writing for Faith Catholic and several other publications and am a regular contributor to The New Evangelizers.

  • I love the Chicago Cubs—even though I’m not a big baseball fan.
  • Reading anything by Dave Barry makes me laugh out loud.
  • I enjoy watching Perry Mason re-runs on TV.
  • I won a CYO dance contest when I was in tenth grade.
  • My culinary specialty is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. (The secret is putting peanut butter on both slices of bread so the jelly doesn’t make the bread soggy.)
  • Best Essay/National General Interest Magazine, awarded by the Catholic Press Association, June, 2015:

    “Diamond in the Rough” published by U. S. Catholic, 2nd place

    “Warmly imagined and engagingly written…Smart thinking and strong writing.”

    Catholic Writers Guild, co-chair of the Central Jersey Chapter

    Catholic Press Association

    Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

    Books:

    Your Faith Has Made You Well: Jesus Heals in the New Testament (Paulist Press, 2014)

    Fools, Liars, Cheaters, and Other Bible Heroes (Franciscan Media, 2012)

    Short Stories:

    “Hard Choices,” Image & Likeness: Literary Reflections on the Theology of the Body, Erin McCole Cupp and Ellen Gable, eds. (Full Quiver Publishing, 2016)

    Articles:

    “Diamond in the Rough,” U.S. Catholic, May, 2015

    “Healing, Wholeness, and Love,” St. Anthony Messenger, December, 2014

    “Writing From the Inside,” Christian Communicator, August, 2014

    “Manna: What Is It?” Catholic Lane, Web, July 24, 2012

    “Faith, Fun, & Frolic: A Look at Religious Summer Camps,” New Jersey Family, June, 2012

    “Choose the Cheer, Forget the Frenzy,” New Jersey Family, November, 2011

    “Spiritual Summer Fun,” New Jersey Family, June, 2011

    “God’s Love Song,” Catholic Exchange, Web, April 27, 2010

    “Nathanael’s Call,” Liguorian, November, 2009

    “My Journey with Multiple Sclerosis,” St. Anthony Messenger, July, 2009

    “31 Daily Meditations for January,” My Daily Visitor, January/February, 2009