I am a writer and journalist currently living in Kaiserslautern, Germany. I grew up as a military brat, and am now married to an Air Force fighter pilot. My writing focuses on the underrepresented voices of military kids and families.

Like many military spouses, my career has been uprooted too many times for consistency. But, I’ve embraced the change and enjoyed new ventures during each assignment. I’ve been a geographer, a mom, a middle-school teacher, an outdoor rec planner, and am currently studying to be an archaeologist!

Contact me at mapkat1@yahoo.com

Current Writing Projects

Work In-Progress

I’m currently working on a yet-to-be-titled story about a military brat who finds himself in the middle of the worst move ever, and its to the other side of the world.

Mission: Reintegration

This middle-grade novel is complete at 44k words, and I am currently querying agents for representation. Contact me for a manuscript!

11-year-old Lena is intent on the perfect reunion with her deployed fighter pilot father, but after his return she finds herself seeking an escape – on a military cargo plane if needed – as his unseen war wounds rip her family apart.

Spicy Little Peppers

This funny non-fiction book is part travelogue part military-spouse guide. Dealing with a first overseas assignment to South Korea can be daunting but with a little humor and two kids in tow, it can be done! Turns out it’s secretly the best assignment ever and the perfect jumping-off point for travel throughout Asia.


I am a regular writer for the Military in Germany website, and the Kaiserslautern American newspaper.

My writing focuses on local interest stories for American military families living in Germany.

Link to my work for MiG and the KA

Our family was stationed in South Korea twice!

While there I was a guest writer for the Stars and Stripes supplement – The Stripes, and all its Asia/Pacific iterations – and the Destination Paradise magazine. My articles focused on military life, history, and traveling with young children throughout Asia.

Link to my work for the Stripes

Where in the World?

I’ve been writing about travel, military life, and outdoor adventure for a long time. It started as a blog to keep our family up to date as the military took us to faraway places, but it has turned into a valuable freewriting exercise for me.