I scribble on drafts during breaks, on a napkin at lunch, and thumb inspiration into my phone. I’m testing the wording, ideas, and structure on as diverse an audience. This is my quest to write a book integrating two typically fractious topics, Mormons and Asia, set during the Age of Sail.
It started in 2012. In August of 2018 I attended the University of Cambridge Summer Intensive Writing program develop my craft with writers who have experience in my genre and topic. They chose one of my essays for a reading at their combined-genre closing session. I read a scene from one of the ships in the book I’m writing. I set a scholarly standard as well. In June of 2017 The Journal of Burmese Studies published my article on a portion of the research toward the book, “The Other Bayonet: A New Source to Frame the Second Anglo-Burmese War”.
Asia and the Middle East have never left me. I write in the murky region between the spheres we label East and West. In 2006 I won an honorable mention in the Writer’s Digest 75th Annual Writing Competition for a memoir of my childhood in Okinawa, Japan entitled, “Japanese Carp”. I received a master’s degree in England from the University of Reading in International Law and World Order. My bachelor’s degree in history came from Brigham Young University in the United States. I speak Mandarin after living in Taiwan. I minored in Arabic and taught it in high school.