I'm not sure how one condenses a lifetime of experience onto an "About Me" page, but I'll do my best. I'm a writer, after all. How hard can this be?
There's a reason I write fiction, not memoir, because I'm not sure that anything I'll have to say here is particularly revelatory. But let's try.
I had a perfectly normal, wonderful childhood spent in Charlottesville, Virginia and then later, Seattle, where I had a funny slightly-Southern drawl but otherwise found my calling among all the flannel and the grey skies. My mom was a teacher who encouraged us to read a lot (and used to send vocab words in the mail to camp over the summer), so I suppose the seeds of literature, coupled with an active imagination (hello, I could have SO been an actress) led me to one day believe that I could write fiction.
While earning my keep as a freelance magazine writer (all of those "10 Ways to a Better Life" articles you read? I wrote them on every subject), I tucked away pockets of time toward a novel. Which, four years later, I finally finished. It was terrible. But I wrote another one that proved less so, and now, a decade later, I'm six books deep. Which seems completely implausible because: six books? But yes, I suppose it's true. Proof: The Song Remains the Same, The One That I Want, Time of My Life, and The Department of Lost and Found and The Theory of Opposites, which may or may not eventually be a movie. (But wouldn't it be fun to say that it will be?!) These days, in addition to fiction, I primarily focus on celebrity interviews and profiles, which indulge my pop culture obsession and give me an excuse to read junky magazines and watch lots of tv.
My sixth novel, In Twenty Years, will be released in June 2016.
I don't know: is that enough about me? A few other things: I moved to Los Angeles in 2012 and love it (go ahead and judge me); I never expect anyone to have read any of my books (but it's fantastic if you do!); I often write about dysfunctional parents (but mine are really awesome); I'm always, always listening to music and am the lookout for bands or songs that will resonate with my writing (hello, The Killers, I love you!), and if you're dying to know more, more, more, I do my best to offer a sliver of my life (and hilarious wit and cutting insights) on Twitter and Facebook.
My fiction is represented by Elisabeth Weed at The Book Group. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Honors History and Concentration in Marketing from the Wharton School of Business.
When I'm not planted in front of the computer (go ahead: send me a note!), I'm hiking, running (well, I was before I broke my leg this year, so let's now say I'm trying to go running), doing yoga, reading, serving as an Uber service for my kids, or hanging out with my family and our pooches, Pele and Paco.