Growing up in the Midwest on a steady diet of fairy tales, Where the Wild Things Are, and Alice in Wonderland, I destined myself to stink at anything except teaching or writing books. I moved to South Carolina eighteen years ago to study nineteenth-century British lit at the University of South Carolina. Since then, I’ve written academic articles about Wuthering Heights and British children’s lit. I also once wrote a peer-reviewed essay dealing with orgasm imagery in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. (You have to read it.) After finishing my PhD, I began writing a novel about Jack the Ripper.

 My first book, Ripper (Flux 2012), is a young adult paranormal Gothic novel about the Jack the Ripper murders in Victorian London. Renegade and Resurrection (Flux 2013 and 2014) completed the trilogy.

 I live in Columbia, South Carolina with my husband, three young children, and persnickety Shih Tzu, Maisie. I write Gothic novels with kissing scenes in graveyards and Victorian morgues. I teach writing and lit courses at the University of South Carolina. I like yoga, Mr. Darcy, and chocolate.

A Bookworm even at the age of three

A Bookworm even at the age of three