When I was in high school, my chemistry teacher approached me and asked with a sly grin, “You interested in mining?” I told him absolutely not. I was going to be a writer. Little did I suspect that he wanted to send me to a student conference on metallurgy where I could seek the fellowship of like-minded teens on a minimally supervised road-trip to the Big City. Undeterred by my abrupt negative response, he grumbled, “Well, you’re interested in mining your own business, aren’t you?” And he sent me anyway. Now I realize I should’ve listened more carefully to everything he said.
I’ve been a professional writer all my working life. I currently host GetPublished! Radio and I’ve been a regular book reviewer on KRLA-AM in Los Angeles. These book reviews are now syndicated by Splash Magazines Worldwide (splashmagazines.com), and I’m a top reviewer at Goodreads.com. I am a member of the Writers Guild of America, the Dramatists Guild, and the Women’s National Book Association, as well as a board member of the Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC.org) and a Film Independent (FIND) Fellow. I hold a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from the College of Letters, Wesleyan University, where I studied under novelists Peter Boynton (Stone Island), F.D. Reeve (The Red Machines), and Jerzy Kozinski (The Painted Bird, Being There). I’ve also studied screenwriting with John Truby and Lew Hunter (UCLA), and my screenplay Christmas Karma was honored by the WGAW Diversity Program in 2016.