Q: Why do you call yourself a loner?
A: Because I am. While I have enjoyed great periods of sociability in the past, I currently find myself alone, even though my kids have very active social lives. As an artist-type, I have always embraced the “outsider” status; but as a mother, it can feel discomfitting. Many of my parenting choices have placed me in an odd position that is viewed as neither “alternative” nor “mainstream.” I plan to write more about this in the future.
Q: Where do you live?
A: In the Southwest part of the U.S.
Q: What do you do for a living?
A: I am financially dependent on my partner so that I can stay at home with my children and write. While this might sound indulgent to people with full-time jobs, I actually work pretty hard. I also homeschool my eight-year-old son.
Q: What have you written?
A: This is my first blog, but I’ve written everything from newspaper and magazine articles to press releases and grants to novels and short fiction (for which I’ve won a few awards). Sometimes I’ve been compensated, sometimes not. I’m not “famous.”
Q: Who is Oz?
A: Oz is my partner of 15 years. He is from Europe, but has lived in the U.S. for over two decades. He is a designer and builder, creating new homes or buildings and re-imagining old ones. He is not a housing developer. We live on a relatively low income, but his work gives him great flexibility, which is much appreciated at home. His other vocation is theater; several of his original performances have toured to New York and San Francisco.