PhotosA few words about me:

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
The best biography of Jim Jones is Raven: The Untold Story of the Rev. Jim Jones and His People
Additionally, several former Temple members have written memoirs about their experiences in Jonestown:
·      Leslie Wagner-Wilson's Slavery of Faith
·      Laura Johnston Kohl's Jonestown Survivor
·      Deborah Blakey Layton's Seductive Poison

The most even-handed documentary is Stanley Nelson's Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple.