I'm a dyed-in-the-wool and raised-on-maple-syrup New Englander; I grew up outside of Boston in the same town my father was born in. After an adolescence devoted primarily to hanging out with horses and studying history, I spent the next decade and a half immersed in the anti–Vietnam War movement, assorted student-political activities, the women's liberation movement, and eventually the women's community of Washington, D.C., where I specialized in the written word -- writing, editing, and bookselling -- and developed a specialty in fantasy/science fiction.
In 1985, burned out by urban life and community melodramas, I flummoxed my friends by not only moving to Martha's Vineyard but staying there. I remained involved in feminist print, expanded my involvement in f/sf, and added theater to my passions and journalism to my résumé. Gradually it dawned on me that Martha's Vineyard was my muse and my writerly conundrum as well as my home. After thirty years of horselessness, I started working part-time at a local stable. In September 1999 I bought myself a Morgan mare, thereby flummoxing a whole new set of friends who knew nothing of my horsey background. They think I lie when I say that without the horse, the trail riding, and the barn chores, there's no way I could have completed my first novel, but it's true.
Since the late 1970s, my reviews and essays have appeared in such feminist and gay/lesbian publications as off our backs, Lambda Book Report, Lesbian Contradiction, the Women's Review of Books, and Sojourner; my poetry and prose poems in Calyx, Frontiers, Sinister Wisdom, and other journals; my stories in several anthologies; and many features, op-eds, and theater reviews in the Martha's Vineyard Times. Each of my three one-act plays has been produced at least once. I also edited three anthologies of original fantasy/science fiction by women for Crossing Press: Memories and Visions (1989), The Women Who Walk Through Fire (1990); and Tales of Magic Realism by Women (1991).
I am currently working on my second novel, The Squatters' Speakeasy, in which an assortment of Vineyard artists, musicians, iconoclasts, and all-around misfits take over a trophy house and turn it into a coffeehouse. My third, Coming Around, also set on Martha's Vineyard, is bubbling quietly on a back burner. To find out more, see Ongoing Projects. I support myself, more or less, as a full-time freelance copyeditor and occasional horse-sitter.