I was born in Syracuse, NY, an only child, and from 1st to 12th grades attended parochial school--St. John the Baptist Academy, which inspired Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog, plays a major role in Script and Scribble, and makes an appearance (heavily disguised) in my novel Duet. I have a B.A. from Boston University and an M.A. from Syracuse, both in English literature.
My publications include twelve novels, two works of nonfiction, a dozen or so short stories, and many essays (including the now-famous diagram of a sentence by Sarah Palin in Slate). For Duet, I was awarded a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.
Over the years, I've lived in Boston, New Haven, New York City, and now Amherst, Mass. My daughter, also an
only child, lives with her husband and my three grandchildren in California, where she is a law professor.
For the past several years, I've been a freelance editor for various publishers and three alumni magazines. Besides reading and working, I take a long daily walk, obsess over crossword puzzles, do needlework, play the piano (badly), draw (worse), keep a diary (as I've done for most of my life), visit the kids in California, and delight in my network of wonderful friends. Lately I've begun singing with a bluegrass band (strictly for fun), been part of a local play-reading group, and helped with publicity for the Valley Light Opera Company production of Ruddigore in November. (My Fair Lady is coming up next fall!)
And then there's Freddie, my lovable wire-haired Dachshund — chipmunk chaser, walking companion, green-pepper connoisseur, watchdog. Unlike Sister Bernadette's annoying animal, however, Fred barks only if he has a really good reason.