From Atlanta to Washington DC to Rio de Janeiro and finally settling in Vitoria, Brazil. For now. In high school, I studied French. In college, I studied Arabic. In grad school, I studied political campaigns in India. I considered a lot of life possibilities but living in Brazil, anywhere in South America, was never one of them. Then I met and married the smartest man I’ve ever known, who happened to be from Brazil. You can read the full story here.
After four years in Rio de Janeiro, we now live in Vitoria. I taught Brazilian high school students American economics for four years. Thanks to me there are at least 200 Brazilian teens who understand how the US Federal Reserve System works. I’ve left teaching for the time being to focus on building a career as a writer. I’m trying to publish a graphic novel set in Rio, which was admittedly an odd format to write in considering I can’t draw at all, and I’m about to begin querying my first YA novel. My guest posts and articles include Multicultural Kids Blog, Pack-N-Go Girls, and Hackwriters.com.
Oh, and I’m also raising a bilingual, multicultural daughter. She speaks better Portuguese than I do. She’s five.
Finally, 10 random facts about me.
1. I’m left handed but that doesn’t matter anymore since no one writes anything by hand now.
2. I interned in the United States Senate and a year of fielding constituent phone calls will make you terrified of direct democracy and the human race.
3. I’ve ridden a camel in the Sahara dessert. They are frighteningly cranky animals.
4. I crashed a wedding in Udaipur, India and got a turban out of it.
5. My favorite food is french fries.
6. I love animals. I am far more likely than my daughter to walk up and pet a stranger’s dog.
7. I can sing all the words to Hamilton. Every single one.
8. I’ve had grey hair since my early 20s and I’ve stopped coloring it. It’s not a statement. I just can’t be bothered. Seriously. Monthly salon visits…I just can’t anymore.
9. Matilda is my favorite book from childhood.
10. I’m a huge fan of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team. Mia Hamm was a childhood hero. Abby Wambach is a national treasure.