When I was ten years old my dad heard the voice of God telling him to give up the business world and become a writer. As a result, he packed up our family of six and we began to travel the world. It was the turbulent 60s and we had many adventures, including escaping out of Egypt right before the 6 Day War, smuggling Bibles into communist countries and living in a 17th century castle in Switzerland. I always admired my dad for following his dream and eventually he became a successful write. However, I never could quite agree with his conservative Christian views. I grew up with a love of travel and writing and art. I have had my own grown-up adventures living in London, Slovenia and Los Angeles and traveling to many magical destinations. I am the co-founder of InsideOUT Writers, a creative writing program for incarcerated youth in Los Angeles and this, as well as raising kids as a single mother on the mean streets of LA suburbia has inspired much of my writing. I have a love of fighting, yes, in the ring, not outside of it. I teach boxing and kick boxing and self defense at Tarzana Boxing. I also have a think about sticks, that would Eskrima sticks, as well as Okinawan weapons. I have three children and now two grandchildren.

I’m working on a few projects. One of which is a memoir, INTO THE WORLD: the truth about fundamentalism and a young girl’s journey to free herself from it. I have had nineteen children’s books published, as well as essays and short stories in the Burnside Writers Collective, Wilderness House Review, Mobius, The Adirondack Review and Terracotta in China. An excerpt from my LOVE WARS short story collection was short-listed as a finalist in the Fish Publishing writing competition in Ireland. I have received fellowships to work on my manuscript LETTERS FROM PURGTORY to Martha’s Vineyard, The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, and Hambidge Center.

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