Ever since I was young, writing has been my response to experience and how I organize my thoughts. It was Flannery O'Connor who said, “I write because I don't know what I think until I read what I say,” and there you have it. This penchant, combined with an inexhaustible curiosity about human stories, drew me to literature.
I am born and raised in Oslo, Norway, and have lived in the U.S. since I was 19, with a stop in France and Israel. I've travelled far, in many senses of the word, and I know a thing or two about loss and discovery; being on the outside and coming in, but most of all about being in-between. Although I still count and swear in Norwegian, English is now my daily language, with French as a runner up. Some say I can hold my own in Spanish and Hebrew as well.
I have degrees in Jewish Studies and French, hold a PH.D in French literature from The University of Connecticut (2007), and most recently earned an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction from University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast program (2020).
My writing is a reflection of me: In it you will find traces of my background, my interests, my esthetics.