WHO I AM
Descended from Georgia sharecroppers and Detroit auto factory workers, I’m the oldest daughter of divorced parents – a cancer-surviving mom and a Vietnam War vet dad.
Growing up, I escaped into the worlds of stories to combat my rocky home life and I later overcame my crippling shyness to become the first in my family to graduate from college and become a journalist. But my pull to tell my own stories since childhood was just too strong. So, I walked away from a promising journalism career to go to graduate film school and become a Hollywood screenwriter.
But my story doesn’t end there. A living testimony that education saves lives, I’ve taught girls kicking crystal meth in prison to write haikus. And because my people live well into their 90’s, I have returned to college to get my PhD in Sociology. My neuroscientist husband, my ride-or-die of 21 years, supports me.
Check out my resume to learn WHAT I’VE DONE: