Like most writers, I live pretty quietly. I wake up at 7, drink coffee, write, drink more coffee, eat eggs,
play with my cat (Glorfindel), maybe go to a yoga class at noon. The rest of the day looks much the same, with
lots of futzing over a keyboard and a half-hearted swipe of the vacuum cleaner or a grocery store run.
I switch to red wine at 5 p.m.
And like most people, I’ve had a few remarkable experiences in between long stretches of ordinary. There is a
piece of it in every one of my novels. I do 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 the interesting—or at least relevant—things about me:
- I have three extraordinary grown children, living in three different states, and was an empty nester by
the age of 45. I love that my kids are having adventures but miss them terribly; I’m the kind of mom who
texts at night to ask if they’re OK and eating enough vegetables. All three still text me back.
- I ride a motorcycle, a BMW F650GS, with my husband, John, who is brilliant and also very patient. He
understands that I need for everything to be the same all the time, so I can write, but I also need
everything to be different, too, to give me ideas. Somehow, he makes that happen.
- 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, as well. 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.