Thank you for joining me on my website. I'm the author of the bestselling Harlot's Sauce: A Memoir of Food, Family, Love, Loss and Greece, and The Diva Doctrine: 16 Universal Principles Every Woman Needs to Know. My first published fiction, "Chopin, Fiendishly" appears in Tales From the House Band: Volume I and my latest work,a full-length women's fiction the working title, "Cooking for Ghosts and Lost Lovers," has just been completed.
Despite the diversity of my writing projects, they share the universal theme of what I like to call "female dynamism." It's a term I'm working hard to coin which signifies women taking positive action to support each other and better the world around them. To that end, I also founded The Women’s PowerStrategy™ Conference, now going into its third year.
I'm also a former English teacher who holds a Master's Degree in Creative Writing and Education.
On this website, you'll not only find photos, videos and more that have to do with my life as an author, but other things that are important to me, too. I enjoy hearing from people who've read my work, attended one of my workshops or conferences, or whom I've met at one event or another. I'm always interested in people who live somewhere I don't or think differently than I do. I spend some time every day if I can on social networking sites, because the world and the people in it are all interesting. I don't think I'm unusual in that I have many interests and this website reflects that. None of us are only one thing. Here are some other random things about me:
Age 5 at my parents' home in Centereach, Long Island
Photo taken of me by a local (unknown) photographer when I was 23 years old
Me and my sweet little son when he was eight months old.
Dancing at my engagement party. (Well, one of my engagement parties, anyway.As I've said before, "the first two husbands were just for practice!")
Can't tell by the number of candles but I'm pretty sure this was my 28th birthday.
Don't know how old I was when this was taken, but even then, books were important...
Litquake's Black, White and Read Ball with my son in 2010, long years and miles away from the swimming pool in the photo above.
A photo of what I value most: my family, taken at my stepson's wedding.