I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. As a child I enjoyed many of the same pursuits as other suburban kids—soccer, softball, band, etc.—but in fourth grade, inspired by the Dear America series, I began writing. I enjoyed writing my grossly inaccurate historical fiction. I filled up a lot of notebooks and ignored a lot of homework for my stories.
In 2001, when I turned fourteen, my parents dragged me to see Fellowship of the Ring. I had an aversion to LOTR thanks to the horrible Bakshi 1978 LOTR cartoon. At the age of four it scared me out of my wits and I refused to see Peter Jackson’s version. But my parents prevailed and took me, thus changing my writing life forever. Tolkien’s world reached me on a level other books hadn't. I’d always been a reader, but I gathered inspiration from him and my writing was shaped more toward fantasy, to worlds with their own histories, histories I had the power to shape. That same year a friend lent me Tamora Pierce’s Lioness Quartet and I became interested in young adult fantasy.
After high school I struck out for college for the lonesome prairies in South Dakota. Despite the many papers and research assignments thrust upon me I kept with my writing, taking creative writing classes when they fit into my schedule. After four years looking at the plains, corn, and cows, I finally earned a Bachelor's Degree in History, with a minor in English.
Since then I have returned to Chicago. And in November 2013 I published my first book, Fallen Grace. When I'm not writing I work, play video games, dogsit, play a few instruments poorly, and I still read copious amount of books.