I'm a novelist, editor, and writing mentor. I provide one-on-one attention, intensive feedback, customized instruction, and a whole hell of a lot of moral support to novelists and memoirists who want to turn pro.
Here’s a quick rundown of my own writing path. After majoring in history at UCLA, I was burning to see the world I’d spent four years studying, but I was broke. So, I became a flight attendant for United, which took me all over the world. I was based in London, and I spent days off in places like Delhi or Hong Kong or Paris. I was flat broke and shared a 500-square-foot flat with five other flight attendants, but I LOVED it. I’d never felt so alive. Then immediately after 9/11, I was laid off. My work visa was voided, and I had to scramble to move back to the U.S. and find a new career. I naively decided to become a writer. Carrie Bradshaw made it look so easy and lucrative!!
Well, I knew no one and nothing, so it was a billion times harder than I thought it would be, but I did it. I’ve since been travel editor at Maggie award-winning Coast magazine, lived off my freelance writing, published stories and essays in places like The New York Times, the L.A. Times, and National Geographic Traveler, as well as literary journals like StoryQuarterly, had a short story of mine read on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and my novel (about flight attendants, of course!) was published by St. Martin’s Press.
In 2009, I married a pilot (cliché, I know), and now we have two spunky kids. After several military moves, we landed in sunny Tucson, Arizona, a heavenly change after seven East Coast winters. To our surprise, it also turns out to be one heck of a cool little city that I’m kind of in love with. When I’m not playing with fire trucks, reading Dr. Seuss, or working with clients, I'm revising my second novel. It’s about a military wife, but no, it’s not my story…to say the least. She gets married after being knocked up by a one-night-stand whereas for us, conception involved the whole rigmarole of pills and shots. A steamy tryst in a Dubai hotel suite would have been infinitely more fun, but as you can imagine, my characters’ journey involves a lot more drama.
Now, in addition to writing, I’m on a mission to help other writers turn pro. I’m an editor and private writing coach and have taught writing workshops at Rutgers University, Southern New Hampshire University, and The Writer’s Center in DC.
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Thanks to the amazing animator Jerrold Ridenour, what started off as a trailer turned into a brilliant short film and stand-alone portrait of the flight attendant life. We were thrilled to be part of the DC Shorts Film Festival and hope you enjoy this deep look behind-the-scenes at 30,000 feet.
My Love Story in the New York Times
I got married a few months ago, but my husband — a proud Air Force pilot from a small town in Georgia — doesn’t know how we met. Rather, he doesn’t know the path that led me to him. By the time he was …Read More