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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How Low Would You Go?


My daughter went to her college counselor for help sending her transcripts to a college, and the counselor, apparently having a bad day, went off on her. She crumpled the request my daughter had handed her and threw it on the floor. She yelled at her for not following the procedure she wanted her to follow, even though it had been another administrator who had told her to take this request to this person. My daughter was ridiculed for the college choices she has made, and when shaken, she began to cry, this woman told her she didn’t care, and took on a baby voice belittling her. It is inconceivable to me that anyone could behave so cruelly, but particularly someone who claims to love teenagers, as well as her position as their college counselor. When this authority figure finally began to calm down, she told my daughter to keep this between them, because she didn’t want to hear from her mother, or for this to get around the school. Thank God my daughter did not allow herself to be intimidated into silence for more than an hour.It was a horrifying experience that couldn’t be ignored.

Naturally, I was livid when I heard what had happened, but not wanting to overreact, I thought long and hard to come up with an appropriate response. As upset as my daughter was, she was clear that she did not want to rob her friends of their college counselor by getting this woman, who happens to also be the Head of School, fired. I finally wrote to the vice principle to ask if he was aware of what had happened, saying I was considering how to proceed and would be curious to get his feedback. He immediately passed my email onto the very woman who had said she didn’t want to hear from me, and whom I was not ready to speak to. She called and essentially said, “my bad.”

I listened to her as on the one hand she took responsibility for her bad conduct, while on the other hand she threw out one excuse after another. She’s overworked, understaffed, tired, etc. As I told her, that changes nothing.

The thing she said that has continued to bother me the most is that we all do this at one time or another. Sure, no one is perfect, but I have NEVER done to anyone, what she did to my daughter. I will NEVER speak to anyone, or belittle them the way she did. And yes, never say never, and all of that, but I live by the theory of treat others as you wish to be treated yourself.

In the end she has apologized and I hope I really have given her the “wake up call” that she claims I have. I have told her I will absolutely go after her if I ever hear of her going off on another child, but short of going to the board and getting her fired, I don’t know what else can be done. I find it so disheartening that she feels everyone behaves this way. I just can’t get over it.

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Real Estate Anyone?


Whenever I write something I like to find a house that my character might live in. The above house is where Allie Taylor from Crashing Into Us lives. Yesterday I was looking again for a different character and came across this property right off of Laurel Canyon. If you hurry it could be yours for just over 2 million. Tempted?



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Sunday Sand, Surf & Book Covers?


My sister had a photo shoot in Malibu today so I decided to tag along and try some photos of my own for a new book cover. Specifically for Searching for my Wand I like some of what I got, but I don’t know that any of them is quite right.

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Tragedy Sells


My sister went to the library yesterday and came home with three books, First Comes Love, by Emily Griffin, Here’s to Us, by Elin Hilderbrand and Her Again, Becoming Meryl Streep by Michael Schulman. On the sleeve of the first book, in the very first descriptive paragraph, there is the line, “But when tragedy strikes, their delicate bond is splintered.”  . Fittingly, the second book brings it up in the second paragraph; “But their fragile detente threatens to come crashing down after Deacon’s tragic death in his favorite place on earth.”  Finally, the Meryl Streep book alludes to a tragic relationship she had with a fellow actor. All three writers are well known and successful, so they might be on to something.

My first novel, Searching for My Wand also involves a tragedy, but I have always shied away from saying so in the fear that people would think the book is depressing. I don’t think it is. The reviews say it’s not. For example, this one is how, in essence they all read.

“What a wonderful book. The author has created some truly exceptional characters. They are full of life and seem ‘real’. There is just enough humor to lighten the mood when necessary. I think this is a quick, easy read that will be enjoyed by all.”

Now I am wondering if I shouldn’t change the cover of this book to something darker and play up the fact that tragedy strikes to send the characters reeling. The following is the blurb I have always gone with.

Glenda was named (incorrectly) after Glinda the Good Witch and therefore, subconsciously, has spent her entire life trying to live up to the reputation of a fictional character. To the outside world, she’s succeeding. She appears to have it all, the perfect husband, two beautiful little girls, a nice house, good friends and a dog named Bono! To Glenda, it’s not all that it’s all cracked up to be. Life throws her some unexpected curves and her world begins to unravel. 

What do you think? Should I change it to something like, 

Having struggled with addiction in the past, Glenda has managed to conquer her demons and find the life she always dreamed of with the love of her life, or has she? When tragedy strikes, her world is turned upside down and she is left desperately trying to hold onto a life that no longer exists.

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I’m All Out


Twenty weeks is a long time to do excerpts, but I think I’m finally out. Sure I could put up different excerpts from books I’ve already given you glimpses of, but if you haven’t been inspired to buy a book yet, my continuing to give you free chapters probably isn’t going to change that. So, what should come next? Let’s brainstorm, shall we?


Have you got any ideas?

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I’m a Lousy Spiritualist


A Facebook friend had this link to The Shift on her page which said you could watch it for free until the 30th of this month. For those who don’t know, it’s a film with Dr. Wayne Dyer, whom although I have never read any of his books, I remember seeing on Ellen once and liking. He didn’t seem as out there as a lot of people who sprout wisdom on how to better manage your life through a peaceful spirituality. Seeing as my life has been met with some considerable challenges, all of which would appear to be out of my control, I figured I’d give it a try.


The first stumbling block came when although showing beautiful scenes of the Monterey coastline, it got off to a very slow start, and looking at the bar next to my start button I saw that it was a two hour film. This was going to be tough, but I was determined to give it a fair try. The film mixes an interview with Dr. Dyer, while cutting back and forth to three stories being played out in illustration of what he is discussing. Not only did I find these stories almost insultingly simplistic and overdone, but it was disruptive. There you are trying to make sense of what he is saying and then they switch.

Had they used only one, or even two stories you could have given the characters a little depth, but there was no time for that, and therefore the characters weren’t likable. Dr. Dyer himself seemed a little much, which I feel bad to say, but it was not how I remembered him.

I so wanted to get something out of this that would help me and those in my family dealing with some very unsettling times, but eh. It didn’t happen. I agree with his theory that one thought can change your whole life. I believe that with all my heart, and I understand that sometimes you have to let go and leave things up to fate, faith, God or whatever source you believe is bigger than you. If I’m completely honest, as usual I fought with not just the stories and character development, but with camera angles as well. Like I said, I’m a lousy spiritualist!img_1249

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Just a Post


Without a post I don’t seem to exist, so I’ll give you some pictures because it’s annoying the heck out of me. Clearly I need attention today!

megans-house-2-020I hope you as well as I get some great news today!art16

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