monica solo on welsh beach

Like many attracted to the writing arts, I started while still a preteen; in my case, I hunkered down in my bunk bed to scribble a 200-page paean to Gone with the Wind.

When it came time to choose a career, I became a newspaper and magazine journalist. I still enjoy the work too. In the 1990s, I started my communications consulting firm, offering public relations, research, and editorial services. After returning to school for a doctorate in Communications, I found another love: the study of the intersection of media, spirituality, and the market. To that, my dissertation on the spirituality of sustainability 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 freelance writing and editing, working as an instructional designer in higher education while also teaching communication and media studies–and 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.

I 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.
  • humorous memoir. I’m working on a collection of short stories about growing up in the Four Corners region of the United States.
  • suspense. I’m partial to literary suspense with a historical edge. Love B.A. Shapiro, Kate Morton, Kate Mosse, and Carlos Ruiz Zafón, but nothing beats Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. I have a suspense novel in the works, a contemporary setting in Cornwall.
  • 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 inspiration. I live in Colorado with my husband, cat, and two dogs.  My favorite places in the world are the Colorado Rockies, London, Cornwall, Wales, and Scotland. I would not, however, turn down a trip to Paris or Prague.

 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.