Tell us who you are, a little about your work and what you enjoy other than writing.
I’m a 44 year old pharmaceutical market researcher by day, fiction writer by night. I have two sons, 10 and 14, a husband, and an oversized dog who keep me very busy. When I’m not writing, I enjoy traveling – particularly taking our annual trip to Disney World. I also enjoy photography.
What is your story about in On loss (don’t give us any spoilers)!
My featured poem is called “Memory Box,” and it’s about healing.
Where did you learn of the On Loss anthology. Did you have a story in mind or write your story specifically for the anthology?
Probably on Facebook? I didn’t write the poem specifically for the anthology, it just came to me and felt like it might be a fit.
What else have you written or are you most proud of?
I wrote poetry for many years until life got in the way. In 2016, I discovered a writing competition called NYC Midnight, and from the very first flash fiction piece I wrote for that contest, I was hooked. I’m most proud of my first-place finish in the NYC Midnight Short Screenplay 2018 competition and my third-place finish in the 2018 Flash Fiction Contest. Mostly, I’m just happy to be writing again after a long time away.
What is your current work in progress?
WIP is whatever short story, short screenplay, or poem I happen to be working on at any given time. I have plans to expand a few of my shorts into novels, but right now they are just plans. One step at a time.
What’s your specialty: short stories, novels, poetry?
Short works – either stories or screenplays. When I first started writing over 20 years ago, it was exclusively poetry. I’m getting much braver with word count and hope to tackle a novel sometime soon.
Do you self-publish, traditionally publish or both?
Traditionally, I suppose. I do a lot of submitting. Duotrope is my friend.
What’s your favorite genre of books to read?
Just about anything I can get my hands on. Recently I’ve been reading a lot of historical fiction, but I also enjoy horror and magical realism. I really enjoy writing SciFi. I’d honestly read the back of a cereal box if it were all that was available to me!
What advice would you offer new writers
Just keep writing. And find your tribe – trusted writer friends are golden.
Leave us with a favorite quote!
“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists. It is real. It is possible. It’s yours.” – Ayn Rand