A Brief Biography

I was born in Indianapolis, Indiana.  After completing a Ph.D. in Renaissance poetry, I took a position at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia, where I currently teach creative writing, both on campus and on line, and head the English Department.  When I completed an M.F.A. in Poetry Writing, I began writing historical poetry.

Seven books of poems later, I’ve turned my scholarly interests in Tudor England to fiction.  Everything has now come together, and in The Cross and the Crown series, I can finally bring Tudor England to life.  When I began researching the fates of nuns under Henry VIII, I didn’t imagine that the record would be so scattered . . . and that it would take an act of imagination to bring these women to life!

I teach writing and literature at Mary Baldwin College, where I am Professor of English and Head of the English Department.  Please visit my department at http://www.mbc.edu/english and see what we are up to!

When I’m not researching, teaching, or working on my next book, I spend my time traveling, gardening, cooking, and watching the birds—and sometimes bears—that visit my yard in Virginia.

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