A. Film producer, journalist, short order cook... script reader
A. Writing books (of course!)
A. I went to Nyack High School, Oberlin College and then earned half of a graduate degree from Columbia University
A. Frederick Chopin and Stevie Wonder
A. The Wizard of Oz
A. SpongeBob never gets old
A. Trying to uncover life's mysteries with a smile
A. Less is Always More
A. Surrounded by loved ones without a care in the world. Just living in the moment, food in the 'fridge, sun in the sky, with a view of a fresh water lake or maybe it's an ocean.
A. Being invisible
A. On the coast of northern Spain
A. My mother
A. Fixing my own car (I live in LA)
A. There are two - Benjamin & Will
A. Thinking too much
A. I'm an optimist
A. My curiosity
A. Scout Finch
A. The Grinch
A. Litterbugs, Pretenders
A. International Spy
A. Honesty, Integrity, Humor
A. Fresh black cherries
A. Somewhere Over The Rainbow, For Once In My Life, Imagine, Blowin' in the Wind, Try a Little Tenderness
A. Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Jane Austen, Dr. Suess, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Carson McCullers, Edith Wharton, Harper Lee
A. Great Expectations To Kill A Mockingbird The Member of the Wedding The Great Gatsby Goodnight Moon
A. Trust the process and yourself.
A. Is this book based on your real life?
A. I was working as a creative director in interactive media and coming up with a lot of ideas about how to tell stories using emerging technology and new narrative tools. As a fun exercise, I first worked on the Portia idea as an interactive series for the Web, but that never ended up going anywhere. That was a little over ten years ago. But I couldn't shake Portia from my brain. I started to grow very attached to her as a character and as a way for me to explore my voice. I wanted to take the story further, so I spun the story into a book. The first draft of the book consisted of several mystery cases about people in Portia's world, including one about her missing father. Almost immediately, I had interest from the television world and spent a little more than three years developing it as a series. But regimes changed and so did marketing teams, and Portia went into "turnaround" and never made it onto the air. I put the project aside and continued in my work as a concept designer and writer for theme park attractions, toys, animation and interactive media experiences. A few years later, I met literary agent Dan Lazar online and I told him about Portia. He asked to look at the first five pages, and I immediately emailed them to him. That same afternoon he asked for the first fifty pages! Then I took off for Telluride, Colorado where my husband was part of a film festival. I remember that I was up on a beautiful lush green mountaintop staying at ski condo with a magnificent view. We had just connected our computers and there was an email waiting for me from Dan telling me he loved the book! I was 10,000 feet above sea level, but it felt much higher!