I grew up traveling all over the continental U.S. I received my English degree from Boston University, where I was awarded the A.F. Gillman prize for best paper on Renaissance or Jacobean drama. I attended New England School of Photography and have documented Kazakh courtyards, Vermont valleys, and a lot in between. With a Master’s degree in Library & Information Science and experience in libraries ranging from music to medical, my love of research is matched only by my trust in serendipity. I suffered through two disastrous violin lessons in the 7th grade, but went on to sing at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Leonard Slatkin. I live in upstate New York, where I host regular Listening Salons.

THE RED PRIESTS is my first novel. I am currently seeking representation.

Twenty Random Things About Me:

1. I’ve been to 39 U2 concerts in 4 countries.

2. I often wonder what it would be like to be a brilliant mathematician—or any mathematician at all.

3. I hate cars and wish I could walk, bike, or take public transportation everywhere I go. Boats aren’t bad, either.

4. Despite #3 I get some of my best ideas when driving.

5. If I were a jazz singer I would transcribe Tchaikovsky themes for jazz quartet.

6. I want to learn to weld and have my own little workshop in the woods for making metal things with blow torches.

7. I love to wear mismatched clothing at home, particularly in 1970s hues.

8. I once broke my dad’s ribs when I was towing his motorcycle behind my car in order to jump start it. He wiped out when I got his “stop” signal confused with “go faster.”

9. I’ve been a vegetarian for 18 years.

10. I love to spend Sunday afternoons cooking while listening to music.

11. I’m told I have an obsession with the movie “Don’t Look Now.” Apparently I put it on the Netflix queue several times a year, but have no memory of this.

12. I can’t watch violent movies. I don’t think “Don’t Look Now” counts, despite the bell tower scene at the end.

13. I have a dark fascination with Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. Who knew you could be so “out” down south in the 1920s and 30s?

14. When I was visiting Russia I sneaked away from my travel group to visit Red Square at night. Somehow I got there safely with rudimentary Russian and a few coins for the cable car.

15. I could happily subsist on a diet of bread, cheese, olives, and wine.

16. One day I would like to live in a place with “by-the-sea” in its name.

17. I love it when Bee Gees songs come on in the supermarket.

18. I miss getting real letters in the mail.

19. Things I wanted to be when growing up: concert pianist, archaeologist, politician, writer.

20. Things I turned out to be: writer, although writing is an archaelogy of sorts.