I’m a former ship captain, marine biologist, high school science teacher, and spokesperson for a federal agency who now writes memoir, satire, essays, and poetry. My work has been published in the Stonecoast Review, Rainshadow Journal, American Bungalow, and numerous boating magazines. I’ve authored more than 40 published articles on sailing, the sea, endangered species, and social justice issues. I have engaged in activism.
And I have wanted to cross an ocean on a sailboat all my life.
What’s it like to be in the middle of a wild ocean a thousand miles from shore? What makes a person persist in doing something that to most people sounds not only uncomfortable but dangerous? What drives such a need? Is it escape? Accomplishment? Or something else buried too deep for words? What was it like, decades ago, to be one of the first woman sea-captains in a 5-state region? And then, with all that authority and gravitas at sea, to be so easily pushed around on land? What’s it like for the opposite of normal to become normal?
My memoir, Notes From Under Water, is about about the sea inside, and those first glimmers of recognition in a lost child that hint at how she belongs to the sea. About a string of family tragedies that fueled a young woman’s sudden break for freedom when the urge to run away to sea became too strong, and about the joys and hardships of living a nomadic sea-life.
I have also completed a 75,000-word series of braided and satirized true stories on what it was like to be the spokesperson for a federal agency during a time when climate change denial first became entrenched as government policy, and, in witnessing firsthand the corruption within, how I obeyed my conscience by quietly resisting and by leaking stories to the New York Times.
And I am currently at work on a novel about three lives lived at different times ranging from WW2 to the present, and how they intertwined.
My literary agent recently closed her business and I am again seeking representation.