I live in Berkeley with my husband and children, but do most of my writing at the San Francisco Writers' Grotto.
I have an M.A. in Print Journalism from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Spanish from Calvin College, and have written for dozens of publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, The Guardian, andEl Financiero de Mexico.
My first book, Jesus Land – a memoir about growing up in a rigid Christian environment with an adopted black brother – was a New York Times andLondon Times bestseller.
My second book, A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown, was named a “best book of the year” by several papers, and won the Northern California Independent Booksellers’ “Nonfiction Book of the Year” Award in 2012.
For more information on Jonestown:
The most comprehensive website for all things Jonestown is The Jonestown Institute