My unconventional career since graduating from Bates College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy has helped inform my writing life. After college, I learned wooden boat building at the Apprenticeship at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine.


I took care of and sailed Mayflower II, the replica of the historic Pilgrim ship for over twenty years, and have even held roles in feature films and television documentaries related to Mayflower history.

I have designed and built a number of watercraft including CC6060EB-8A5C-4940-AC3B-51AF81EA4C36
a 38’ reproduction 17th century shallop for
The Pilgrim John Howland Society.

As Director of Massachusetts Bay Maritime Artisans, at the Jones River Landing in Kingston, Massachusetts, I taught boat building classes for adults and children and organized an annual maritime lecture series. I am now the Executive Director of the Pilgrim John Howland Society, based in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

I have been a frequent lecturer and public speaker on Mayflower and maritime history and visit many schools and libraries throughout the country to talk to children about my work and the craft of writing.

With an MFA in creating writing for children from Simmons University, I am now crafting stories I hope are entertaining and enlightening for readers of all ages.