I come from a family of writers – my sister is a bestselling author, my mother is a technical writer and English teacher, and my father is a speaker and non-fiction author. So it's no surprise that after spending over a decade in academia, I found my calling as a writer.


After graduating from the University of Washington with a BA and MA in History, I moved to Chicago to earn a Ph.D from Northwestern University. During my doctoral program, I conducted archival research in Italy, wrote and defended a dissertation, and had a fantastic time learning new things every day.

I completed her Ph.D in 2011 and moved to Louisville, Kentucky to join the History Department at the University of Louisville as a tenure-track professor. I spent the next six years developing new courses in the history of science, Renaissance Italy, and the witch trials, while also publishing in top journals. I earned tenure with a unanimous vote at every step of the process before relocating to Seattle.

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Today, I live in Seattle with my husband of ten years and two daughters.