I'm a writer, speaker, and editor in the Chicago area. My two most recent books are Disquiet Time and Wholehearted Living, published in fall 2014 by Hachette/Jericho Books and Loyola Press, respectively.
My friend and Disquiet Time co-editor Cathleen Falsani and I went on tour with the book in autumn and winter 2014-15. We were honored to host panel discussions about it in Washington, DC, Chicago area locations, and in Berkeley and Laguna Beach, California. We gave a number of interviews, including this one in Chicago with NPR's Tony Sarabia on his show, "Morning Shift." Disquiet Time was recently reviewed by BookList and called "a refreshing read."
Wholehearted Living was recognized on Amazon as a "#1 New Release" in spirituality/prayerbooks. (One could debate whether it's a "prayerbook," but I'll happily accept the honor.)
My first book, Love You More: The Divine Surprise of Adopting My Daughter, was published in August 2011 by Thomas Nelson publishers. Released in May 2012 from Worthy Publishing, MOMumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family was featured in Publishers Weekly and The Christian Science Monitor.
I've written columns and many health and parenting feature stories for the Chicago Tribune. For more than a decade, I wrote features, columns, restaurant reviews, and even - for a time - the police blotter (reporting on stolen garden gnomes, possession of drug paraphernalia, and other suburban shenanigans) for Sun-Times Media newspapers.
My work has also been published on britannica.com, momitforward.com, and eatdinner.org, and in magazines including Chicago Parent, Draft, MomSense, Conscious Choice, and Loyola Press' Seasons. I contribute to her.meneutics, Sojourners magazine's God's Politics blog, and Fullfill. I also occasionally write for Random House's Convergent Books blog.
I graduated from Wheaton College (IL) and received my Masters degree in English literature (fiction writing and critical theory) from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.
I am a member of INK: A Creative Collective.
My literary agent is Christopher Ferebee.