Howdy. monica solo on welsh beach

I started writing fiction while still a preteen hunkered down in my bunk bed scribbling a paean to Gone with the Wind. When I grew up, I became a paid writer–a journalist for newspapers and trade and consumer magazines. This worked for nearly 2 decades until I decided to try my hand at consulting and opened Groundwork Research and Communications, which is still an active business focused on sustainability industries. In my mid-40s, I went back for a doctorate in Communications and my dissertation was turned into a book, published by the University of Illinois Press. Since then, I’ve co-authored two other academic books.

Today, I enjoy teaching communications and media studies while continuing to hone my creative writing skills. I write both fiction and nonfiction and have won a couple awards in the past few years that have encouraged me not to put the quill aside and take up golf instead.

So, what do you like to write?

  • historical fiction. (I’m a hopeless Anglophile and think it’s huge fun to recite most of the kings and queens of England since the Plantagenets. It’s a big hit at dinner parties.) I’ve finished a gothic novel titled The Leighton Legacy set in mid-Victorian England. Castles, psychics, and ghosts, oh my. I have another in the works set in contemporary times in Cornwall.
  • humorous memoir. I’m working on a collection of short stories about growing up in the Four Corners region of the United States.
  • suspense. Mwwwaaahhh. I am partial to literary suspense with a historical edge. Carlos Ruiz Zafón is my current hero but nothing beats Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, in my opinion.
  • literary fiction. I’m at work on a novel titled A Deal for Penitence, about a small village in rural Colorado undergoing economic development at the hands of a big-city developer.
  • Poetry.

Nature Is my muse

I grew up in rural environs and the outdoors is my joy and bliss. I live in Colorado with my husband, cat, and two dogs.  My favorite places in the world are the Colorado Rockies, Cornwall, Wales, and Scotland. I would not, however, turn down a trip to Paris or London.

 What’s your street cred, girl?

  • In 2012, my gothic novel The Leighton Legacy took first place in the Romance category in the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer’s Colorado Gold contest.
  • In 2012, my memoir/essay Branding the Land took first place in the Torrey House contest.
  • I have a Master’s in Technical Communications and a Ph.D. in Communication. My academic work focuses on the spiritualization of sustainability in the marketplace.

Groundwork Research and Communications

Groundwork is a consortium of social scientists,  marketers, and creative artists who generate messages, campaigns, and intelligence to support our clients’ initiatives in sustainability.

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