Like most writers, I live quietly. I wake up around 7, drink coffee, write, walk my dog (Ellie),
drink more coffee, eat eggs, and maybe go to a yoga class at noon. My afternoon is devoted to paying
work — in advertising — plus a little halfhearted housecleaning and a grocery store run. I switch to
red wine or dark beer around 5 p.m.
At 52, I feel like I've lived a lifetime. Two husbands, three children, four books.
There is a piece of my history in every one of my novels. I did have a son with
autism (A Wild Ride Up the Cupboards); my husband is a
gentle mathematician (The Forever Marriage); and
I have been looking for faith all my life (Forgiveness 4 You).
Here’s a list of biographical details about me:
- I have two interesting, exasperating and amazing adult children. The older is an anarchist
chef and gardener. I never know what he’s going to do. (Paragliding in Peru? International banking
in Barcelona?) The younger is a Naval officer on the USS Kearsarge. She doesn’t just follow
the rules, she sets them.
- My oldest child died in 2016
at age 28. His death was devastating in a way I can’t express and I will never recover.
Andrew was a chess master, a music librarian, and a visual artist. He was also
autistic, but that’s beside the point. Here is his self portrait.
- I ride a motorcycle, a BMW F650GS, with my husband, John, who is brilliant and very patient.
He was Andrew’s best friend. John understands that I need for everything to be the same all
the time, so I can write, but I need everything to be different to give me ideas. Somehow,
he makes this possible.
- I have a small house in Minneapolis where I live some of the time, but I also love to wander so
I’ve lived in Boston, Seattle, Providence, Iowa City and Baltimore in the last dozen years. See
husband’s patience, above.
- I work in advertising, part-time, as a consultant, mostly in the health care, med tech and
biotechnology space. If you need a banner ad or trade show materials, call me. I love a good
brainstorm and am particularly fond of ad agency types.
- I write novels and essays because I can. I have the time, the training and the audience, for
which I am grateful every day. I think writing is a privilege and it’s pure joy for me when a
story comes together, not just in my head but on the page.