About

Mostly my writing brain thinks long, as in novel length.  I write poetry when there is something I need to say that can’t be expressed any other way.  I write memoir when I feel the need to explore and/or revisit the past.

I was born in a displaced persons camp in post WW II Germany of Latvian parents.  My family immigrated to the USA when I was three years old.  My third novel, Crossing Paths, comes from my dream of telling the story of Latvia and its people.  I’ve been to Latvia six times to experience the country and research my book. 

I received my MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College (2006).  I’ve won numerous awards at writing conferences, been published in four anthologies, have taught literature and writing as an adjunct professor, have written feature articles for newspapers and have been on the board of directors of the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference since 2003.  I’m currently editing any one of my three completed novels and finishing my fourth and fifth.

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3 Responses to About

  1. Glory says:

    Vee,
    You asked what draws a person into a book. I’ve been mulling that around. When it is fiction, I am drawn in by a sense that someone or something is on the verge of immanent change. Life is not going to continue in the character’s usual mode.

    The other thing that draws me in is a statement that seems mysterious or needs much clarification. A classic is “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” (Perhaps not quite in those words.) The catchy statement is an immediate draw raising my curiosity.

    There are also definite “fads” in writing. Right now there seems to be so much (fiction and non-fiction) that takes place during the period of WWII or close to it.

  2. Bob says:

    Great site!

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