The first person to officially recognize my skills as a writer was Mrs. Barefoot, my kindergarten teacher. During free time one day, I scribbled down five sentences, one sentence per page, and drew a cartoon to illustrate each “plot point.” Mrs. Barefoot saw my masterpiece, Super Kitty, and said, “Christine, you’ve written a story! Let’s staple these pages together and have you read to the class.”
I wasn’t a shy child. I walked to the chalkboard, turned to face my peers, and read.
Flash forward to my first year of college: I had an 8:00 a.m. English class. At semester’s end, I had to beg the teacher not to fail me.
With my undergraduate degree in anthropology, I set writing aside to do archaeology in Hawaii and Oregon. After working on a dozen projects in some of the most beautiful places in North America, I applied to graduate school to become what so many women in my family have been: a teacher.
My first university teaching job was in Seoul, Korea. I taught English as a Foreign Language for two years there, then moved to Paris, France and taught Business English to executives. After France, I taught in Holland, eventually returning to the States to teach, tutor, and attend writing workshops.
In 2009, after graduating from the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, I quit teaching to become a full-time working writer and editor. My own fiction and non-fiction has been published and awarded. I am the recipient of fellowships from Playa Art and Science Residency, Artist Trust, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Jentel Artists’ Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Brush Creek Arts Foundation, and Djerassi.
I have collaborated on—as a ghostwriter or editor—over two-dozen published books.
As a resident of the Pacific Northwest, I spend much of my free time outdoors, running, hiking, and playing pétanque. Indoors, I read and play “taste tester” for the amazing dishes my partner cooks.
Currently, I am working on a series of essays for which I will soon be seeking representation, and my novel, Outta Here!, is now out on another round of queries.
Member, Northwest Independent Editors Guild and