Bachelor in Journalism, San Francisco State University, 1986. Master of Arts in English, California State University, Hayward, 2000.
Freelance writer, since 1982. Publicist for local theatres Oakland, California, 1994—2001. Newsletter editor, writer community organizations and business San Leandro, since 1989.
Features editor East Bay Public, 2000—2001. Editor The Alameda (California) Sun newspaper, since 2001. Visiting scholar, since 1998.
Member of Jane Austen Society North America (reporter since 1998), Pen West/Pen United States of America, Society Professional Journalists.
Married Joseph Rodrigues, October 8, 1989 (divorced March 1, 2002). Children: Simone Petra Rodrigues, Anastasia Elizabeth Rodrigues;1 child from previous marriage Michaela Suzanna Romero.