I live in Portland, Maine, with my husband Stephen (architect, photographer, and talented cook) 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 (ok, sometimes two or three!), 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.
So, what’s been going on here? Well, I’ve been busy as the proverbial bee. Last fall I finished writing HOME FOR THE SUMMER, which will be out in stores in June. Longfellow Books has generously offered to host a launch party at 7:00 on Thursday, June 29, for which I am very grateful. It should be a fun event, complete with brownies by Mom. I absolutely love the cover of this book – thank you Kensington art department – and the story really touched my heart. Please come by if you’re in Portland!
Not long after completing HOME FOR THE SUMMER I wrote my second Christmas-themed hardcover. HOME FOR CHRISTMAS (yes, coming home is one of my favorite topics!) is the story of a single mother poised on the brink of full-blown empty nest syndrome. With both of her beloved daughters due to move on with their lives, Nell is determined to make this Christmas a very special one. But an unexpected complication and opportunity arises when Nell’s first and greatest love, now a successful novelist, arrives in town for a book signing. As Nell and Eric rekindle their friendship, Nell confronts the choices and compromises she made so long ago in the name of stability. As for her daughters, Molly and Felicity reveal an enduring love for family that warms Nell’s heart anew. Warning: this is a feel-good story! Look for HOME FOR CHRISTMAS on bookstore shelves this fall.
With the invaluable assistance of Betty, our eighteen-year old wonder kitty, I’m currently working on an as-yet-untitled book to be published in the summer of 2018. This story features three point-of-view characters: Leda Latimer, her twenty-one-year-old daughter Amy, and Amy’s oldest and dearest friend, Hayley Franklin. Amy and Hayley decide to seek jobs as summer nannies. For happy-go-lucky Amy, this seems a relatively easy way to make a lot of money quickly. For Hayley, however, the stakes are much higher. She sees a position with a wealthy and powerful family as a potential way out of a life of poverty and domestic violence – and as a way to provide her mother with a better future. Meanwhile, Leda, a gifted fiber artist, who has never had the courage to offer her work to an audience outside her quaint little hometown of Yorktide, Maine, finds several factors coming together – including jealousy of Amy’s employer, who seems to have stolen Amy’s daughterly affections – that lead her to submit her work to a prestigious nationwide competition. Things don’t go quite as planned for Leda, Amy, and Hayley, however: friendships are tried; professional relationships betrayed; and difficult lessons learned the hard way. Still, in the end, our heroines triumph, a bit bruised but infinitely wiser – and even happier!
As soon as that book is completed I’ll turn my attention to my next hardcover, untitled as of yet, which will center around the theme of a winter wedding. Fun!
Not everyone gets to do what she loves for a living and I’m so very thankful to my editor, John Scognamiglio, and to all the people at Kensington, as well as my readers, for allowing me this great gift. Happy reading!