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 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