I grew up surrounded by stacks of irresistible fiction- thanks, Mom– and have been a writer at heart since the early days of Nancy Drew and The Babysitter’s Club. Reading and telling stories evolved into a deep curiosity about why people do what they do, so I ventured into the world of psychology and was not disappointed. After graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in Psych- orange & blue forever; go Illini! – I looked for a way to work in the least boring, ever dynamic, social justice-oriented place I could find…education!

That required a little more schooling 🙂 so I joined the teacher certification program at North Central College, and then later, Northern Illinois University‘s counseling program to learn everything I could about working with teenagers. I’ve enjoyed over 14 years in the high school English classroom, and now work as an instructional coach and teacher leader for my K-12 district. Every day is unique; working with students and their teachers will never get old. 

I live in a lake community with the smartest person I know – my creative, adventurous, husband- along with our two bold, free-spirited, hilarious children who simultaneously set our world on fire and, well…set our world on fire. We love to travel, especially to the Florida Keys, and dabble in Foodie-ism and Craft Brew Drinkie-ism because what other hobbies require you to really indulge? I love spending the summers with my Tiny Dynamos because being a Mom is the greatest adventure in the whole wide world.

Untouchable is my first novel but certainly not the last. I have loved, loved, loved every minute writing it, and am currently working on a sequel. 

You can find me on Instagram @be.untouchable