I have spent my whole life enchanted with the written and spoken word. Born in Japan and bilingual until age 5, I fell for a Smith-Corona typewriter at age 12 and never looked back, filling suitcases with essays, journal entries, and stories. I studied French literature at Bryn Mawr College and picked up Spanish and Portuguese on my travels, along with what used to be fluent French and perpetually flawed Japanese.

An editor, newspaper reporter, and freelance writer/editor since 1984, I am continually diverted by other passions including art (clay sculpture), international travel, outdoor sports, and animals—this last leading to the founding

of a tabloid magazine around Albuquerque/ Santa Fe that tripled in circulation over its five-year run. An academic hobbyist, I have also dabbled and published in the fields of cultural studies and food history. I make my home in Corrales, New Mexico, with husband Greg Grigson and two terribly spoiled terriers.