I’m a novelist, a humor columnist, and a former educator.
A few years ago, I wrote a novel called Lauren Takes Leave. It’s about a wife, mother, and middle school teacher, Lauren Worthing, who needs some time off from her busy, suburban life. When a jury duty summons arrives, it creates the perfect alibi for ditching her slightly unfulfilling career, slightly spoiled children, slightly absentee husband, and slightly criminal babysitter. With uninhibited friends like Jodi Moncrieff and Kat O’Connell by her side, Lauren takes leave of her senses and embarks on a weeklong pleasure bender. What happens when a dash of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off mixes with a touch of Thelma and Louise? Things get a bit insane.
I am currently at work finishing a draft of a second novel with the working title The Summer Of. It is about as funny as one can get while looking closely at grief and love and hope. And it’s set on Nantucket, my favorite place on earth, so I get to travel there every day….in my mind, at least. I plan to finish a complete draft soon and revise through the spring/summer of 2016. I write 3-4 hours a day or until I hit 1000 words minimum. (I actually keep track of my progress in a pocket calendar I bought at CVS. True to teacher form, I give myself checks, check-plusses and check-minuses based on word count goals. Lame? Inspired? You be the judge.) When not writing, I can be found teaching indoor cycling or attending a zumba class. (This is something I never thought I’d do. ZUMBA!!!?? Kinda love it though.) I also occasionally take care of my children.
Maybe you are visiting my website because you read LTL and liked it. Great! Thanks! Maybe you haven’t read it yet, but you’ve heard about it from a friend or read my columns in print or online. Great! Thanks!
Now that I’ve got you here, I’d love for you to click around the site. Perhaps read my blog, which is not actually a blog, but rather a combination of articles written for The Huffington Post, The Barrington Times, The Scarsdale Inquirer, and Scarsdale10583.com. You can find all of that original material collected here.
In my creative nonfiction, I write with humor and candor about my life, my friends and family, and the particular demands of motherhood and wifedom in modern-day suburbia. You can learn more about me from the (duh) About Me page.
Enjoy. And thanks for stopping by!