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My characters have much more interesting lives than I do. They are far more daring, never have bad weather, and drive nicer cars. But, if you’re interested in the formative years of this author, here goes.

I was born in Brooklyn, New York during the 1970s. My parents were divorced soon thereafter – and I spent many of my childhood years riding in cars or cabs across Brooklyn and Queens. When I was about ten, my mother and I moved to West Hartford, Connecticut. After high school, I went to Smith College where I earned a degree in English Language & Literature. That means that my parents paid a pretty penny for me to read all day in my pajamas. I then went to law school at Cornell. To this day, I’m not sure why I did that. The good news is that I met my husband there.

I don’t know which I quit more times, writing or the law. After law school, I wrote for various small newspapers in and around Cleveland, Ohio. I also took and passed the bar. I quit writing to practice law. For about five years, I represented abused children, divorcing spouses, and criminal defendants. After all that stress, writing seemed like a breeze. I quit practicing law and moved out to sunny Los Angeles. I wrote one book, couldn’t sell it, then took and passed another bar. For another five years I practiced corporate and real estate law. The second time around my life as a lawyer was much less heartbreaking, but a lot more boring. I quit again, I wrote two more books, which sold.

After all this I took time off from both writing, and law to try out life as a stay-at-home mom with my energetic son. That was a lot more tiring than writing.

Now that my son is in school, I’m back to writing. My favorite books to write are spicy romances with quirky characters, and books about ordinary women facing extraordinary challenges.