Welcome to my website! I’m so glad you’ve discovered it, and hope you will take the time to explore.
I’ve always loved to write, beginning with the junior high school newspaper and continuing today. While in grad school, where my research focused on gender in the workplace, a professor told me, “Take your personality out of your writing.” You’d think I would have gotten the hint that scientific writing wasn’t for me, but I’m slow. After getting my doctorate in psychology, I taught and consulted for several years. As time went by, I became more and more interested in the subject of conflict and violence, so I did a post-doctoral fellowship at Northeastern University’s Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict. While at Northeastern, I conducted research on domestic violence. By this time, I had (finally) learned that dull and dry reporting of statistics was not my passion, so I published my first book, Sins of Omission, targeted at a non-scientific audience.
All this time I continued my freelance writing, often focusing on human interest stories. In addition, my love of travel and food led to a monthly newspaper column, which then brought me to one of my current projects: a combined food history and cookbook that traces some of our favorite foods from their origins to their ultimate locations around the globe. This book — title yet to be finalized — includes not only recipes, but poetry, crafts, folklore, and even crime stories.
Speaking of food, one of my favorite activities is to conduct cooking demonstrations. If you happen to be nearby, please join me in making goat cheese from scratch, or picking and stuffing wild grape leaves!
And, last but not least, I have taken the plunge into fiction and am having a blast writing what made me fall in love with reading as a kid: mysteries! I hope to have my novel — title also yet to be finalized — out on bookshelves soon!