Bio

Christine was born on Friday, August 13, 1971. She has always thought of Friday the 13th as her lucky day.  She grew up in the small town of Sewell, in southern New Jersey, where she still lives today. Her mother was an English teacher who gave it up and worked at home as a seamstress to raise her three daughters, while her father worked for the US government. She has two younger sisters, which made the house busy and noisy for most of her childhood. There was always something going on – dance classes, sports practice, music lessons.

 

The arts run in her family. Her great-great grandfather was a stage manager in Philadelphia, and her great-grandfather held various stage crew jobs, traveling with the companies to such venues as the Palace Theater in New York City. Her grandmother was an artist and accomplished musician, and her mother also had a talent for musical instruments. Christine is all thumbs with instruments, unlike her middle sister, but likes to sing. In High School, she was in three musicals, the choir and the Vocale Ensemble.

 

After High School, she went to college to study theater, but after three years decided that it was more fun as a hobby. She was involved in several local theater groups, and her favorite type of performing was Children’s theater, because she could be as silly as she wanted and nobody ever said she was being unprofessional. After leaving college, Christine had several jobs--she worked in a pasta factory, a health club, and a five-star hotel spa before deciding to go back to school. Eventually, when it was all said and done, she had a Bachelor of Science from Temple University,  a Bachelor of Arts from University of Maryland University College, (so she has a matching set, B.S. and B.A), and a Masters in Information and Library Science from Southern Connecticut State University. Which only means she is ridiculously over-educated. 


She met her husband, John, in 1998 and they were married in a Renaissance themed wedding in October of 2000. Their son was born in 2002. She often hides her identity as author in the guise of a mild-mannered School Library Media Specialist. Her home is also full of fur-babies: two cats, a rabbit, and a Jack Russell terrier named Elvis who loves to watch TV (as long as Animal Planet is on). 

 

She wishes she could say that she has been writing since she was small or something profound like that, but it’s just not true. She played around with writing on and off since high school, but didn’t pick up a pen and write seriously until 2001. Three years later, The Talisman of Zandria was finished and she's been writing ever since.