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The short about »

I write fiction. My non-fiction essays have been featured on Maria Shriver’s Shriver Report and Architects of Change website, and in the anthology, Nothing But The Truth So Help Me God: 73 Women on Life’s Transitions (Nothing But the Truth Press, 2014). In addition, I have been a sports writer covering Spanish football for online sports sites.

I am  a freelance graphic designer, specializing in author websites, and I’m the designer behind Manuscript Wish List and PitchWars.  I live in the foggy wastelands of the San Francisco Bay Area with my family. I love octopuses (not octopi!), Atletico Madrid, and croissants with a nice cup of PG Tips and a little milk.

The long about »

I grew up in Santa Cruz, California, where I took for granted the distant call of sea lions and the salty tang of the Pacific Ocean. I wrote various bestsellers like “Pigs Can Fly,” cleverly illustrated by myself. At age nine, my mother and I moved to Santorini, Greece, where we spent the next year and a half or so, and where I learned that the world is much bigger than, say, myself.

Eventually, after a stint on the East Coast, I ended up back in California where I collected a Bachelor’s Degree in Art, and then looked around to sum up my surroundings. “England,” I said, and took off for too short a time in that direction. “Seattle,” I said next. But eventually the siren call of my home state proved too strong, and I returned to California, where I became a tech writer, liking it sufficiently enough to obtain a master’s degree in technical communication, which strangely prepared me for a professional career in design.

I continued writing stories here and there, but didn’t have the discipline to work them out into anything work reading. Eventually, I realized I had whole novels in me waiting to come out like Athena from Zeus’s forehead…or you know, something like that, so I let them out. I wrote about 30,000 words and sent it to a cousin to read.

“I could publish this!” I told my cousin, dollar signs and glory dancing before my eyes.

“Slow down there, hoss,” my cousin said. (My cousin isn’t a rancher, but we like to say “hoss” a lot.) So I slowed down, reluctantly, and bothered to learn about publishing, the industry, and oh yes– writing stories. I’ve never looked back!

Now I write stories with international settings and almost certainly a mention of football (soccer) or two.

My non-fiction essays have been featured on Maria Shriver’s Shriver Report and Architects of Change website, and in the anthology, Nothing But The Truth So Help Me God: 73 Women on Life’s Transitions. In addition, I have been a sports writer covering Spanish football for online sports sites including SBNation, The Stoppage Time, and Back Page Football.

I am  a freelance graphic designer, specializing in author websites, and I’m the designer behind Manuscript Wish List and PitchWars.

The about with tea and cookies »

I think that’s quite enough options for about me, don’t you agree? Who the heck do I think I am?!?

 

Some Sierra Facts:

starbullet at-madI am a passionate football fan (that’s soccer, not NFL football). I love Atlético Madrid in Spain, because Atleti is full of corazon y coraje. My national team is Spain. Click here for more information about my football writing.

starbullet My elbows are double-jointed. Mmm-hmm, it’s really gross.

starbullet I was on an episode of HGTV’s Curb Appeal and an episode of Bay Area Backroads.

starbulletI love octopuses and run a blog devoted to them called Cephalopodia.

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