About me

Born the oldest of three children to a Yankee jet fighter pilot and a magnolia Southern beauty, I lived in seventeen houses by the time I graduated high school. 


Winter in Wellfleet on Cape Cod

   Photo by Charles Thibodeau
Places I’ve called home,
in chronological order:

  • Marietta, Ohio
  • Sumpter, South Carolina
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Valdosta, Georgia
  • Waco, Texas
  • Alexandria, Virginia
  • Managua, Nicaragua
  • Abilene, Texas
  • Fort Walton Beach, Florida
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Washington, D.C.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Wellfleet, Massachusetts


     Though I grew up in the South, I was not of the South; rather, as a military child I became a keen observer of Southern ways and charms without the burden of having to defend what was never mine.  As an adult, I've divided my time between Wellfleet most of the year and New Orleans for a few months, and still cannot decide if I should call myself a Southern writer.
     I began my playwriting career in 1989 when the Provincetown Theatre Company produced my one act, Keepers.  Family and other career demands led me to write short stories for the next ten years, but in 1999 I returned to the Provincetown Theater’s Playwrights’ Lab, and my ten minute play, Meryl Streep, Meryl Streep, was produced featuring the legendary Julie Harris.  Since then, I’ve had more than thirty short plays produced in Provincetown and elsewhere, have written four full length plays, and won some awards.  I teach a class in Writing the Short Play, am a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Provincetown Theater’s Playwrights’ Lab.  Download my resume for details of my productions and publications. 
     Professionally, I’m a clinical social worker and community organizer.  I’ve helped found several organizations, including the Parents’ Campaign to End the Nuclear Threat (New Orleans); Fighting Racism, Educating for Ethnic Diversity (F.R.E.E.D., Cape Cod); and Am Ha Yam (Jewish Fellowship, Cape Cod).  I’m a Life Member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and conduct workshops on Writing for Change.
     I’m married to Charles Thibodeau, a social worker, writer and activist. We have three sons and three grandsons, who all live in San Diego.  My mother and most of my other family members live in Louisiana.  We are a diverse and far-flung bunch!