I have been writing professionally for over 19 years. My first career was as an actress and vocalist in musical theatre which I did for about 15 years and loved it. After I returned to school and received my bachelor of arts in English with a concentration in creative writing, I married and had children with the love of my life. I currently live in Southern Connecticut and love to write about my hometown of West Haven, Connecticut. FIRST SATURDAY was originally published in 2002 by Quiet Storm Publishing and earned me a loyal readership. I think they like to read stories that are set in West Haven. I am especially proud of all of the cancer survivors who told me I just “get it.” My second novel, SCRAPS, was published in 2013 by Solstice Publishing, but I decided to take it back and publish it myself after our contract ended as I did with FIRST SATURDAY.
My most recent book is not a novel at all, but a guide to pocket parks and public spaces in New York City. BEST POCKET PARKS OF NYC is the first publication of my new company, Pocket Parks Publishing, which was formed after I attended an entrepreneurship program called Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans’ Families. The subject came about when I was searching for a fun project that would allow me to go into my favorite city in the world, New York City. When I was an actress, I used to stop in this public parks in between auditions, classes or just wanted to take a moment away from the busy city. There are over 530 on New York City’s list of privately owned public space, about 235 that are comfortable enough to visit and used for their intended purpose, and currently 56 in my book. I plan to add more parks with the next revision and to publish guides to pocket parks and green spaces in various cities in the U.S. and in London which is currently conducting a program to grant money to organizations and individuals to fix up small spaces into pocket parks around London.
My current project is a service of Pocket Parks Publishing called ‘Veteran Stories.’ I take deployment journals or interview veterans to produce a paperback book of their stories and memories that they can pass down to their family. They may not think their stories are valuable or interesting, but their friends and family members say the opposite and want to hear them.
I speak about the value of telling your story, whether you write it yourself or I do it for you, in various settings and would love to come to speak to your group.