I graduated from New Mexico State University in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in English and philosophy. Because I found college to be a good lifestyle, I kept going and graduated with a master's degree in English from NMSU in 1999. Still enjoying school but wanting a change of scenery, I relocated to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to attend LSU (Geaux Tigers!). In 2002, I finally became tired of being a poor student and began teaching full time for New Mexico Junior College. However, I did not abandon my doctoral degree from LSU; I finished my Ph.D. in English in 2005. Now, I live in Hobbs with my two children, two turtles, two ferrets, and four dogs.