While I’m Snowed In

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As I look forward to the publication of my first novel, it’s fun to look back on the journey that brought me here. I’ve been writing stories for as long as I can remember. My dad used to bring home small pads of blank paper from his office when I was in first grade, and I would write and illustrate my own little “books”.

I won some writing contests in elementary and middle school, took creative writing courses while at college, and continued taking evening classes once I was working full time in Boston through the Harvard Extension program. My career took a different path; this was all just for my own enjoyment and fun.

Personally, I’m always drawn to the most human elements in any story. My writing is extremely character driven, and most conflicts arise from within. I devoured the books of authors like Anne Tyler and Anita Shreve, with their lyrical style of prose, and how they deeply explore interpersonal relationships to reveal the heart of the story in layered nuances. This is what I aspire to every time I pick up my pen.

If you love to write, you know you can find inspiration pretty much anywhere. A friend might share a personal anecdote or observation, and in my head an entire multi-chapter story arc would instantly evolve around it. Since I delight in all things pop culture, I also found it would happen while watching television shows or movies. If I got invested in the characters on screen, I wanted to finish out their stories or fill in the missing scenes. At the time, I didn’t even realize there was such a thing as “fan fiction”. (But that’s a story for another day.)

Had To Be You on Goodreads

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My first published novel, Had To Be You, is now up on Goodreads. It’s scheduled for a summer release, and this is the first kind of official evidence that it’s all really happening. (And not just something I perhaps dreamed up.)

Are You Ready for Some Football?

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I was a cheerleader for Pop Warner Football from the ages of 9 to 13. I was a junior coach/demonstrator for Pop Warner from the ages of 14 to 15. I was a high school varsity football cheerleader and co-captain from the ages of 16 to 17. At a minimum of 10 games a season, doing the math that’s at least 80 football games where I was right there, standing on the sidelines. 8 years of my young life.

And how much do I know about football? Zero. How much do I like it? Less than zero. (Though I like Robert Downey Jr very much, thanks for asking.)

Obviously this is not the weekend to be me.

Having three older brothers, I automatically reject the idea that anything is “just for the boys”. I’m actually the only one of of my girlfriends who doesn’t have an interest. My BFF, who was the only girl star player on her Little League team when I was learning cartwheels, is SO into it. She’s always having football parties and knows all the players and the plays. One of my other best friends is a NE Patriots season ticket holder and never misses a game.

I love going to hockey games, even just being at the ice rink. And I love my Boston Red Sox. Football, though? Not so much.

I am, however, a BIG fan of beer and snacks. So, at least there’s that.