I was born in Nashville, Tennessee, the buckle of the Bible Belt, and spent my formative years listening to stories and telling stories in that southern way we have of making everything bigger than life and funny. I got a degree in Philosophy from Auburn University, sort of an oxymoron, and then an MFA in fiction from the University of Arizona where I learned to "show, don't tell." I don't always do this in my writing, but I am almost always sorry when I don't. I published some nice stories in literary magazines like Cimarron Review, and Greensboro Review, and I wrote a terrible novel. In 1997 I moved to Bhutan and quit writing fiction, for what I hope is forever, because real life in Bhutan beats any fiction I or most people have ever written. My book, MARRIED TO BHUTAN was published April 2011 by Hay House. I've written for Huffington Post, Ladies' Home Journal, Mandala Magazine, the Guardian U.K. and many other publications, as well as the anthology A WOMEN’S ASIA (Travelers' Tales Books, 2005). I've lived in Bhutan for 14 years and have found my home and voice. Just now I'm in the US and regularly speak about Bhutan at colleges, churches, seminars, and book groups all over the country. In a few months my husband, Phurba Namgay, and I will go back to Bhutan. He's a Bhutanese thangka painter who loves barbecue and country music, and who thinks the greatest thing about western civilization is being able to get ice and water from the door of our American refrigerator. I think he's right.
I'm currently working on the next book so I have ample time to procrastinate and play around on the internet.
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