"Storytelling liberates you from the heavy weight of the past."
-S. Jane Gari, three-time Pushcart Prize Nominee and award-winning author
Writing my memoir (Losing the Dollhouse) allowed me to quiet the anxiety triggered by a stepfather’s molestation and a mother’s betrayal. Storytelling allows us to make sense of our experiences—to let go of what no longer serves us so we can achieve forgiveness and healing and overcome fear.
My goal for Losing the Dollhouse (a memoir of emotional and sexual abuse) was to add to the human conversation about healing and forgiveness. It's possible to recover and thrive, even after the deepest of betrayals.
I've also published a humorous essay collection and a prescriptive nonfiction book about maintaining healthy gut health. These projects kept me sane while I was writing, and then promoting, a book about such a heavy topic.
I'm currently seeking representation for my first novel, Shakespeare's Daughters. It's the story of a woman who is haunted by a spirit on a mission to reunite her with the real love of her life. I'm not a religious person, but I have seen a ghost or two. That was enough to make me believe there are governing forces at work in the universe we can only hope to understand. Writing helps me pull at the threads and carve out small slices of meaning.