When I showed up at a writers’ group at a local bookstore a number of years ago, a page and a half of copy in hand, I wasn’t planning to write a novel, or even a short story. I just wanted to share some thoughts about my experiences as a divorced single parent, returning to the frustrating, bewildering, and anxiety-provoking world of dating. When I read what I’d written to the group, they roared with laughter and insisted that I keep writing. I followed their advice, persevered, and dedicated myself to learning as much as I could from other writers and editors who generously provided encouragement, support, and wisdom. I found myself on an amazing, sometimes torturous, usually joyous, and always challenging, journey that led to the publication of my first novel -- PROJECT EX!
Now, two and a half years later -- encouraged by many positive comments from readers who were delighted to discover a mature protagonist who shows you're never too old to feel clueless about finding love -- I've decided to begin work on the sequel, PROJECT WHY. More info to follow soon!
Although I grew up in New England, I've lived in the Philadelphia area for over thirty years. I've been writing short plays, parodies, and stories all my life and love performing almost as much as I love writing. In addition, as a social worker, private clinician and as therapist/case manager in a behavioral health system, I've had plenty of first-hand experience with the twists and turns of both mind and heart.
I'm a happily remarried wife, mom, mother-in-law, stepmom, and grandmom with a deep reverence and respect for this miraculous world we all share. And like my protagonist, Lydia Birnbaum, I believe we can't just sit around waiting for an adventurous life. It's up to us to make it happen!