I live in Portland, Maine, with my husband Stephen (architect, photographer, and food writer) and our amazingly fabulous cat Betty. When I’m not writing, I usually can be found with my head in a book. I try to read widely; still, I do play favorites with authors such as Peter Ackroyd and Patrick McGrath.
I was born and grew up in the Bronx and later lived in Brooklyn and Manhattan. I earned an undergraduate and graduate degree in English Literature at New York University before going on to work for about twelve years as an editor in publishing and packaging at Ballantine Books, Daniel Weiss Associates, Inc., and Kensington Publishing Corporation. Mostly I developed, acquired and edited projects, usually fiction, in Adult, Young Adult, and Middle Grade categories.
In 1996, I moved to Boston and began freelance editing, ghost writing, and reviewing manuscripts. I was a can-do wordsmith for hire, grinding out books on everything from the importance of shark liver oil in one’s diet to feng shui for the amateur; I also worked on what seemed like a million Young Adult series installments. Eventually I decided I'd rather work on my own projects so I made a proposal to my old friend and colleague John Scognamiglio at Kensington. After a couple of false starts he signed me up to write LIVING SINGLE, which was published in 2002 (and has since been re-issued!). Since then I've been writing one novel a year, and I've also contributed novellas to four collections John put together.
In terms of life outside reading and writing, Stephen and I moved to Maine in 2003 and recently updated an 1865 brick townhouse in downtown Portland and we love living in this old seaside town. We entertain a good bit -- Stephen cooks, I set a nice table and clean up afterwards. We’re happy to live in an area so full of people who support the arts. Portland itself is alive with theatre and music, and it's the home of several museums, including the impressive Portland Museum of Art, and good independent bookstores catering to serious readers such as Longfellow Books.
What am I doing these days in my office on the third floor – besides hanging out with Betty, that is? (She turned seventeen last month and is as spry as a youngster – and more vocal and demanding than ever!)
Well, late last summer I finished writing SEASHELL SEASON, which will be published this July. It was a difficult story to write in some ways – I don't know anyone who was kidnapped as a child so I had to do a good amount of research! – but in other ways the story told itself. I really enjoyed getting to know the two main characters – Verity and Gemma – and exploring their reunion as mother and daughter. I hope you like the book as much as I do.
Also, I'm happy to share some other exciting news with you: my first hardcover will be published this November! It's titled THE SEASON OF US and it revisits the characters first introduced several years ago in THE SUMMER OF US. The story takes place twenty years after the special summer that brought Gincy, Clare and Danielle together. The three women, now approaching fifty, are married with children and careers that keep them from seeing each other as often as they would like. But when a crisis strikes Gincy’s family a few weeks before Christmas, Danielle and Clare rally around their old friend. I enjoyed writing this story about the importance of friends and family and how even long-held bad feelings and negative opinions can be washed away by the power of love.
At the moment I'm working on a novel called HOME FOR THE SUMMER. Once again the story is mostly set in the fictional town of Yorktide, Maine, close by the genuine towns of Ogunquit and Portland. The Braithwaite family – mother Frieda, father Aaron, older daughter Bella, and younger daughter Ariel – were enjoying a week's vacation in Jamaica. Then, just before they are set to return home to Massachusetts, tragedy struck: Aaron and Ariel were killed in a car crash. Fast forward fifteen months and the still-grieving Frieda and Bella, now seventeen, go to Yorktide to spend the summer with Frieda's mother, Ruby. It's a story of loss and redemption and the binding power of family. HOME FOR THE SUMMER will be published in 2017.
Next up, another novel set at Christmastime, coming out in November, 2017 – more on that story later.
So, as you can see I've been keeping busy here on the third floor, with Betty urging me on and occasionally helping me type! I'm so glad to have the opportunity to write these stories for you and I hope that you continue to enjoy reading them.