I began my career years ago at a newspaper in Caracas, Venezuela, and have been writing ever since.
I am the author of HUMBOLDT, a book about a community of outlaw farmers. My writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Village Voice, Time, Salon, Smithsonian, and other places.
I was born and raised in Northern California, and have lived in Ireland, France, and Venezuela. I also spent five years in New York, where I earned a master’s from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.
I currently live on a steep hill in San Francisco with my husband and daughter.
HUMBOLDT is the true story of an insular community in Northern California that existed for 40 years on the cultivation and sale of marijuana. In Humboldt County, marijuana supported everything from fire departments to schools, but it came with a heavy price.
As legalization loomed, the community stood at a crossroads and its inhabitants were deeply divided on the issue -- some wanted to claim their rightful heritage as master growers and have their livelihood legitimized, others wanted to continue reaping the inflated profits of the black market.
HUMBOLDT is the story of a small town that became dependent on a forbidden plant, and of how everything changed as marijuana went mainstream.
The book was published by Grand Central Publishing in 2013, and optioned by Sony Pictures. John Malkovich is attached to star in the TV adaptation.
I currently work as a consultant with Fortune 500 companies and well-known startups on editorial strategy and content creation. I also do occasional projects with NGOs who have important stories to tell.