Margaret Headshot 2014

I’ve written since I could, well, write– stories that helped me work through problems and entertained my friends and family.  I try to do both. Er, I mean I DO both (because there’s only do or do not, there is no try, right?).

I majored in Studio Art at Scripps College in Claremont (and no, we don’t study fish!) where I wrote my thesis about children’s book illustrators and won the Fine Arts Foundation award for best senior art exhibition. I was also awarded a Getty Multicultural Internship in Arts Education.

To prepare for my writing career, I had a whole bunch of life experience, read a lot, and practiced writing in a variety of forms. I was the theatre critic and contributing editor for two weekly newspapers, I did technical writing, and have two festival-produced plays. After 8 years of preparation and work, I sold my first novel, HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE.

HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE was an Indie Next pick and a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Award (Ahem. Even though it’s “women’s fiction.” Take that, women’s fiction haters.)

THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS won the American Library Association’s Literary Tastes Award for Best Women’s Fiction, and the Pulpwood Queen’s Bonus Book of the Year Award for 2013.

I now live in the southern California area with my husband and three children and a Goldendoodle named Gatsby, who has his own blog. I enjoy proving people wrong, impatiently doing housework, hiking with my dog, and embarking on too-ambitious home improvement projects.If you want more trivia about me, check out 20 Random Things.

A word about these photos:
These photos of me in the blue dress were all taken by my friend, photographer, knitter and crafter extraordinaire Shae, of Saflower Photography. She somehow manages to do all these things while raising adorable twin kidlets.