I live in Long Beach, CA with my husband Joe. We share a vaguely unwholesome obsession with Margaret Keane that predates the movie starring Amy Adams.

Odd fact: I'm a good driver, but I've nearly run over Sylvester Stallone and Tom Cruise, not at the same time.

Another odd fact: I was born in Missoula, Montana, a birthplace I share with David Lynch, Dana Carvey, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

My short stories have appeared in Agni, The Portland Review, Happy, The Literary Review, Kenyon Review, and Gulf Stream.

My story Passage was reprinted in the Ohio University Press anthology New Stories From The Southwest. Cake, originally published in Kenyon Review, appeared in the 2008 Best American Nonrequired Reading anthology, edited by McSweeney's publisher Dave Eggers.

My essay 14 1/2 Things To Do In Stockholm In The Dead Of Winter won best creative nonfiction and appeared in the Canadian literary journal Grain. The piece was later a finalist for a Canadian National Magazine Award. My essay Reunion won Prism International's creative nonfiction contest.

I've had nonfiction pieces in New Delta Review and The Florida Review, as well as a micro essay in Gulf Coast.

I have two film-related credits. After graduating from the University of Southern California film school a million years ago, my script NO EASY WAY was executive produced by Oscar-winning editor Marcia Lucas. The film starred Khandi Alexander and was directed by Jeffrey Fine; it premiered at SXSW and was awarded a Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival.

The script I adapted from my short story CAKE won Showtime's 2013 Tony Cox Screenplay Competition and the 2013 CineStory Screenwriting Fellowship, and was included in the 2013 Black List, a yearly survey of entertainment executives' favorite unproduced scripts. CAKE, directed by Daniel Barnz and starring Jennifer Aniston, premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and was in competition at the 2015 Shanghai International Film Festival, where it won Best Screenplay. The film was also honored with a Voice Award by SAMHSA, a program that recognizes consumer/peer leaders and television and film professionals who educate the public about behavioral health through their work.

I also co-wrote a cat humor book called Petted By The Light that is no longer in print but that you can buy for a song on Amazon.

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