A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., she has a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia College Chicago and has been teaching writing for the past 20 years.
While motherhood has meant her writing sessions are limited to the wee hours of the morning when her daughter is asleep, O’Keeffe said she still makes sure to carve out time to pursue her creative passion every day.
“I’m disciplined. ... I write from 4 to 6 a.m. every day,” she said. “I’m always writing.”