Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am an award-winning playwright. My first mystery, THE LOST SPY, won a Kindle Scout Campaign and has been published by Kindle Press. I am working the second book in the Slim Moran series called THE LOST BOY.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
As a NYC-based playwright, I have worked in theater most of my life. I love creating worlds and telling stories. From the time I was a child, I have always been a voracious reader of mysteries as well as a keen student of history, in particular, of WWII. I created the Slim Moran Mystery Series inspired by many stories from the past, some heroic and some horrific and some hidden for years. One, in particular, caught my interest. My friend was a young American bride in 1950's Paris.The first time she used her fireplace on Rue de Seine, smoke flooded the room. She opened the flu, guns fell from the chimney, and that is when she realized her husband was in the Resistance. The story piqued my interest, and I began to write. I decided to focus on the millions of people who were displaced and families ripped apart in WWII. Some spent years searching in vain for their loved ones. I decided to create a detective for the lost to give a voice to those who disappeared.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write on the sofa with Pippin, my chihuahua, next to me.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I love biographies and history. The mystery writers who have influenced me are Agatha Christie and Jacqueline Winspear.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on book two of the Slim Moran series called THE LOST BOY. In this book, Slim Moran tries to find a Polish boy who was kidnapped from his mother and brought to Germany to be Germanized. Thousands of children were taken by Nazis and after the war UNRRA – the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration helped locate many of them.
I have been doing research at the United Nations archive and I have been emailing with the International Tracing Service in Bad Arolsen.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I am pretty new to this, but I have been using Twitter a lot.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I tell my students that research is your friend and to write every day. Your first draft is exactly what it is, a first draft- a writer doesn't write, she rewrites.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don't read your reviews.
What are you reading now?
I am reading a Train in Winter by Caroline Moorehead.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I want to finish book two of the Slim Moran series. I'd like to produce a new book every six months to build up the series. In terms of theater, one of my plays is being done in Rome this Spring and a musical I worked on was recently workshopped at La Jolla Playhouse.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Speak Memory by Vladimir Nabokov. It is probably the best memoir written about pre and post Revolutionary Russia. I have been able to visit his house on Bolshaya Morskaya in St. Petersburg, Russia and felt like I knew the house by heart after reading the book.