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I grew up in Philadelphia Pennsylvania with five brothers and seven sisters. Despite all the chaos, there was enough determination from our parents to muddle through and we kept the family unit in tact. Many of the scenes in my stories have traces of the anger, frustration, joy, and beauty that is the wonderful mess of family.
My first novel, Still, looks at the psychological complexitites of a young woman trying to create a new life for herself. After spending 6 years in a convent as Sister Regina, she leaves the security of religious life and ventures out as Clara Welsh into the Philadelphia area in the 1990's. Her childhood friend, Marita, becomes a great support system as she navigates boyfriends, bank accounts, and binge drinking. Only by learning to trust her own judgment can Clara find peace with her new identity.