I am a former New Yorker now living on California's Central Coast, currently working on a trilogy of novels and a collection of non-fiction essays.  My life has been full of many unusual encounters and experiences.  I have been central to the success of several companies and a non-profit, was the managing editor of an art & fashion magazine in New York, am widely published with well over 120 articles, essays and reviews and a few ghost written books, have had my own art gallery as well as being an artist/performer, worked in the food and fashion businesses, taught art history at Cal State Northridge and elsewhere, and have traveled on business to Europe, China, and Canada.  I speak fluent French and German.  

My spirit name is White Heart, given to me by my clan mother Hua Anwa; I honor my Native American heritage and my Cherokee ancestors who date back seven generations on my mother's side of the family. Davy Crockett is my distant cousin on my father's side of the family. On the metaphysical side of things, I have studied several of the world's great spiritual systems, with intensive work in Tibetan Buddhism, Qi Gong & Tai Chi, sacred clowning, Native American shamanism, and most recently, Reiki and energetic healing. 

I am married to the most wonderful husband ever, the writer Mark Onspaugh and we have two quirky cats.  I went to Nightingale Bamford in NYC for twelve years while my college years were spent studying Art History at Barnard, with graduate studies in Critical Theory at Art Center, Writing at CalArts and a doctorate in Visual Studies from UC Irvine.  I have been honored with distinction, scholarships, grants and a fellowship. Please see my work in the following areas:

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To see academic publications click here. I am now working on other kinds of writing and I have a story, "Hard Candy, Soft Centers," in a forthcoming anthology from Cemetery Dance titled The Forsaken, edited by Mark Onspaugh and Joe McKinney. I have some other fiction published below...

I recently published my own short story The Day Jimi Hendrix Died - it's available on Amazon.  Set in the hills surrounding New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee, this poignantly hilarious coming of age story documents the growing pains of a young girl as she wrestles with the nature of love, betrayal and exile in the summer of 1970.

In more of my own personal writing news, I am working on a series of novels set on the Central Coast and am considering a collection of my non-fiction essays on topics such as special effects, virtual worlds, amateur versus professional production values in advertising, the roots of rap and the call to sharing real stories by real people.  

I have also worked as editor and book designer on a series of books from Mark Onspaugh.  We are creating some new imprints under the Dark Ride Media label - more news as available. The first release, Christmas Ghost Stories: a collection of Winter Tales, has been a quiet sleeper with year round sales, especially in the UK.   Dark Valentines and Tales From Tomorrow are available as well. A Mayhem of Monsters and Z Is For Zombie will be released in 2017.

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