Starting at age three, I pursued a precocious career as a radio and stage performer until "retirement" at nine. My life-long love affair with New York City began when my parents moved to Manhattan, where I attended Friends Seminary. I left Wellesley College in my sophomore year to marry an Army Air Force pilot. Widowed at twenty-one, I moved with my infant son to Sherman, CT, where I plunged headlong into small-town community affairs. I soon remarried, and my multi-talented husband and I commuted for many years to The Buxton School in Williamstown, MA, where he taught art and architecture and I developed a reference library.
I have written throughout my adult life, selling articles on travel and camping to nationally circulated magazines and newspapers. Every summer my husband and I drove west to Colorado to a tiny cabin overlooking the spectacular San Juan mountains, and later to Little Cumberland Island, Georgia, a wilderness island owned by a conservation association of which we were members. It was during this period that I started collecting and learning about oriental rugs, an avocation that led to wonderful trips over a number of years with other "ruggies'" to Romania, Hungary, Austria and Turkey.
After taking my leave from community activities, I decided to try combining bits and pieces of my experiences with fiction. Did it work? Well, I have had had six novels published--three gothics and three mainstream romances. In addition, the three oriental rug collecting guides I wrote for Random House allowed me the luxury of combining two primary interests: writing and oriental rugs.
Widowed for the second time, I now live alone with my trusty Macintosh computer and two cats in Southbury, CT. Travel is still at the top of my "to do" lists: I have a time-share in Manhattan; I have tangoed in Buenos Aires and rented houses in France. In 2006 I'm flying to Patagonia for a week of trout fishing; to Scotland for a tour of the highlands and islands, and will round off the year with a week on Block Island, RI, writing and fishing. I just hope the bluefish will be biting!