Faye was born in San Fernando, California and uprooted before she was ten to a place where people supposedly had swamps in their backyards and alligators for pets. She didnt have any alligator for pets in Shreveport, Louisiana and it wasnt exactly a log cabin, but an amazing, resourceful single mother raised Faye and her five siblings in one of Shreveports now disappearing shotgun houses. At eighteen, she left Louisiana for the United States Navy.
The Navy gave her an opportunity to spend some time living in Naples, Italy and on both US coasts: Washington, DC and northern California where she eventually settled. After the Navy, she went to work as an information technology professional in various industries while on her way to a masters in english literature. She also managed three novels, two boys, a husband, five dogs and three writing fellowships during those years. Today, she works, writes, and lives in Modesto, California.