My core values revolve around individual empowerment, a sustaining ideal running through the books I read and write, as well as my varied interests in the arts and sciences. I am an author, journalist, activist and teacher.
A proponent of “writing raw,” I emerged from my drug-fueled, teenage years – which included interactions with Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and other rock ‘n’ roll legends – to embrace my great-grandmother’s teaching of the Celtic Tradition, which values women’s wisdom and their innate connection to all of life. My first published work, House of the Moon: Surviving the Sixties, has received rave reviews and was recently reissued with new content and cover.
My upcoming books include a set of deeply researched works of historical fiction that examine the lives and influences of women who have been systematically discredited and marginalized throughout history. The Last Magdalene is a first-person narrative about the life of Miriam of Bethany, which recounts the tumultuous changes in 1st Century Judea that brought about the eradication of Goddess worship and the birth of a new religion, Christianity.
My work-in-progress, Countess of the Iron Towers, chronicles the life and times of Ermengarde of Narbonne, who ruled in the Languedoc during the 12th Century. Ermengarde's court was a haven of learning, religious freedom, troubadours, and Courtly Love.
A past English and Psychology Major at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, I later studied writing with Alan Ginsberg, Annie Dillard, Natalie Goldberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Erica Jong.
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