The purpose of this site is to find a larger audience for the ridiculous amount of writing I do. How ridiculous, you ask? In just one year I wrote four novels, nearly completed a sequel to the second novel and collaborated with my friend Laura Hall (best known for her piano skills on Whose Line Is It Anyway?) on a musical “Room to Grow” that is, quite frankly, brilliant.  I have since written a screenplay, a sitcom pilot and a few more novels. I am nothing if not prolific. All the while, I have been raising my two daughters and Laura and I continue work towards mounting a professional production of the aforementioned musical.I also like to draw and/or paint.

My immediate future needs to be about marketing, while continuing to do what I love, and what better way to go about it than to write? The fact that pen and paper is my favorite medium may serve as a hindrance to my computer-impaired brain, but I am determined to get past that, and lets face it, if this has been posted then I am well on my way.

All of my novels, Searching for My Wand, On a Hot August AfternoonThe Salacious Marny Ottwiler and Crashing Into Us, are all available for purchase on Amazon. Go check them out!

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All Alone

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Strange as it might seem, I have never lived alone. That is until this week. I came back up to my sister, Megan’s to see Tessa of course, but also to watch my Megan’s dog, Jessie, while her owners are in Arizona enjoying a family vacation. Tessa is back at school now and I am here all by myself. It’s kind of boring.

The plan was for me to edit my next novel, Beyond the Cracks, and with that in mind I asked Megan to read it before she left. I wanted her to let me know of any mistakes I might have missed or areas where it could use more filling out. She said she found no mistakes and liked it just as it is. Well, that’s great, but it made for a very quick edit. Now I am left with nothing to do.

Jessie has an injured shoulder so she is even more mellow than usual. She has always been a bit of a gentle giant. She just wants to be pet a lot. My nephew has also left his very pregnant lab, Syd, with me who is sweet as can be, but every time I go outside she wants to crawl into my lap. We are talking a very solid dog with a lot of puppies inside. She weighs a ton!

So here I sit on day three of six days alone with nothing to do. I have several other novels I could be completing but I’m not ready to move on from Beyond the Cracks just yet. I really enjoyed writing this one. It explores issues of faith and owning your past, and will hopefully strike a chord with readers.

Of course what I should be doing is figuring out how I am going to promote this book in some way other than all of the ways I have so far promoted my other books. As soon as I get the text back from my brilliant formatter I’ll be looking for reviews, so let me know if you’d be interested in reading Beyond the Cracks. Oooh I know, I need to work on my blurb!

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Torn Between My Girls


You should never have to choose between your kids. It’s just not right, and yet I am being made to do just that. As you know if you have read past blogs, I spent the summer up north with Tessa as she went to work for the first time, and then began college. Tori came up to visit several times, but she felt slighted, even though in truth she also enjoyed the independence of staying behind with her aunt. Tessa went off to college and I came home. Tori began her Junior year of high school and life went back to normal, or at least as normal as it ever gets.

Now a month has passed and I have the opportunity to  return to N. California for a visit with not just Tessa, but my sister and those perfect grandbabies of hers. Naturally, Tori is jealous. I understand completely, and yet what do you do? Tessa is excited I am coming up and Tori will be coming up again in two weeks. During those two weeks, my sister will be gone for five days and has a sick dog who needs taking care of. It makes perfect sense for me to stay, and then come home when Tori and my other sister come up to celebrate Tessa’s 18th birthday. So why do I feel guilty? Because I feel as though I’m being forced to choose one child over the other.

Ideally I could come and go between both girls often, but life is not always so simple. The last thing I want is for Tori to feel as though she isn’t as important as Tessa. At the same time I don’t want Tessa to feel as though she has gone to college so we are done with her. Bottom line is, you can’t make everyone happy no matter how hard you try, (and God knows I’ve tried!) so in the end you have to do whatever feels the least wrong. This opportunity has presented itself and I’m going to go for it. I just wish I wasn’t going to feel so torn as I do.

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Smashing Beauty

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Well, I have done it again. I was in the midst of writing one novel, when I suddenly remembered something I had begun writing before, and went back to it. The end result? My next novel, Beyond the Cracks. The above is not the exact cover because I am going to go with a photo instead of my usual artsy cover. I want this to be the blockbuster that my other 5 novels have not yet become. They say the cover is a huge influence, so even though I love all of my covers, this time I will try something more traditional. Fingers crossed, it will make all the difference.

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Posts Not Posted

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I wrote a piece the other day all about how awful my life is going. Thankfully for you I was without internet at the time, so you have been spared. In truth I knew even as I was writing it, that I probably wouldn’t post it. After all, sometimes you need to vent, but most times no one really wants to hear it. I know I certainly tire of all of the negativity on Facebook.

At the same time I also tire of all the cute sayings and posts that indicate your struggles make you stronger. I’m sure there is a tiny truth for someone in all of it, but sometimes hard times are just hard. Nothing great comes out of it.

I am extremely grateful that I got to spend this summer with my 17 year old as she prepared to go off to college. I’m even more grateful that just 2 weeks into it, she has called me today to say she’s having fun. Fingers crossed, she’ll continue to enjoy it and that makes me happy.

Does it pay my bills though? Oh hell no! Does it make it all worthwhile? I’m undecided. Yes, I would do it all again just to get that call, but enough already. Can things please improve now? I have things I want to do, not to mention a 15 year old who is suddenly considering college for the first time in her life. The money Gods need to seriously send me some financial help. Books need to sell, and I need to find solutions to this ongoing mess.

I realize I am not the only one with this issue however, so I will stop ranting and simply, and humbly request you purchase my latest novel,  Hanging From the High Wire, and/or share it with someone else. 5 It will cost you less than a cup of coffee and entertain you much longer!

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My Summer In Pictures

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Fantasy Fail

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As a struggling writer I have to choose carefully when it comes to submitting my work to contests, classes or workshops. I decided to take a chance with NYWIFT (New York Women in Film & Television) because this opportunity was geared specifically to women over forty, and sounded like a fun experience. It offered the following:

The only program of its kind, The Writers Lab evolved in recognition of the absence of the female voice in narrative film, along with the dearth of support for script development. The lab offers 8 promising films by women over 40 a springboard to production.

The Lab will take place September 18-20, 2015, at Wiawaka Center for Women, on Lake George. Caroline Kaplan (Time Out of Mind, Personal Velocity), Kirsten Smith (Legally Blonde, Ten Things I Hate About You), Jessica Bendinger (Bring It On, Aquamarine), Mary Jane Skalski (Win Win, The Station Agent), Gina Prince-Bythewood (Secret Life of Bees, Beyond the Lights), Lydia Dean-Pilcher (The Lunchbox, The Reluctant Fundamentalist), Meg LeFauve (Inside Out, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys) will be serving as mentors, pending scheduling. Mentors advise in one-on-one meetings with additional events to inspire artists to hone their creative vision. 

Fabulous, right? Well guess what, there were 3800 applicants, and the $55 I paid to get in will be funding someone else, because my script was not chosen. I hate getting my hopes up for these things, and yet if you don’t believe in your work than there is no reason to submit it. I thought (and still do) my script, Going on a Bear Hunt had something for everyone. By including a family of three generations, all going on an annual camping trip together, there are relatable characters for every age group. This movie truly could appeal to an audience of all ages. It would be a film the whole family could go to (assuming they refinanced their house to pay for movie tickets, but then that’s a whole other story) and have a good time. Thus the reason I was hopeful it would be chosen.

I knew it was a long shot as all contests are, but I allowed myself to imagine how great it would be to get a “springboard into production.” I hoped that this would finally be the break I have been looking for, but alas, I guess it wasn’t meant to be. It’s frustrating, but I will continue to work and hope that something even better is just around the corner. In the meantime, if you know of a producer looking for a light, entertaining movie that will appeal to the masses, hook a girl up!

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Wouldn’t It Be Nice?

photo (1)This showed up in my mail this morning and I couldn’t help but think, wouldn’t it be nice if this were showing up in mailboxes all over the world? Now admittedly, I can’t say with certain that this didn’t show up in mailboxes all over the world. Perhaps it has, and the response has just been slow. Incredibly, frustratingly slow.

What I really wonder is this; what is Amazon doing? Why are they advertising my books to me? Do they think I don’t know the stories? Do they think seeing them listed there, so reasonably priced, will encourage me to buy my own books? How does that saying go? “You’re preaching to the choir”? I know how good these books are. It’s the rest  of the world who has so far been a little slow to the party.

I am crossing everything I have to cross, that the party is soon to get underway. If you are looking for something to read this summer, or need an entertaining gift for someone, look no further. I have written you hours and hours worth of interesting, entertaining stories. Come to the party! It’ll be delicious in every way!

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