I was born in New York City on January 5, 1978, arriving so quickly my mother was pretty sure she was going to give birth in the back seat of an Oldsmobile on the Cross Bronx Expressway. I was raised in Manhasset, a suburban town on Long Island with a short, direct commute to Manhattan, and really good bagels. I grew up with my older brother, Scott, and later with my two younger brothers, James and Christopher. I wanted a sister, badly–– so badly that I tied bows around Christopher’s head and told everyone his name was Christina for the first year of his life. I was ten. He was only a few months old. He still hasn’t forgiven me. I’m not sure why he even knows about it, but now so do you.
I graduated from Manhasset High School in 1996 and headed to Georgetown University in Washington D.C. where I spent four amazingly fun years studying writing, political science, art history and anything else that wasn’t math. I took astronomy because it fulfilled my math requirement and, as it turned out, there’s a whole of math involved in astronomy. I got a D. In my defense, during that time I also played an awful lot of beer pong, and spent most of my nights in bars dancing to No Doubt and The Spice Girls, which may or may not have been contributing factors to my grade. In 1999, I studied in Florence, Italy, for a semester, where I slept on trains and existed on little more than cappuccino, red wine, and pasta. There was really no need for anything else. Now that I think about it, there’s still not.
After graduating in 2000 with a B.A. in English I decided that I would parlay my English degree and all-consuming hatred of math into a career in finance. Spoiler alert, that English degree comes in handy later. I worked on Wall Street for twelve years, a career that inspired my first book, BOND GIRL, which I wrote at night and on weekends throughout 2010 while listening to pop music radio stations for hours on end. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. Somehow, I managed to get an agent, who informed me that I wrote the entire manuscript in the wrong font and in the wrong format, and as a result, it was 732 pages long. In case you’re wondering, that’s a tad longer than your basic women’s fiction novel should be. If anyone is hoping to write a book, and is looking for guidance, here’s the best piece of advice you’ll ever get (at least from me): Times New Roman, size 12, double-spaced. You’re welcome.
In January 2012, BOND GIRL was published. It was sold in multiple foreign countries and the movie rights were optioned. My second book, ON THE ROCKS, was published in 2014. Those movie rights were not optioned. My third book, LOST ALONG THE WAY, published in July 2016, and next up is REGRETS ONLY, on sale May 8th! I have no idea if those movie rights will be optioned, but I’m certainly not opposed.
I live in New York with my husband, who wishes to remain nameless, and my three children, who are too small to know what’s happening, but who would also probably wish to remain nameless. I’m embarrassed that it took me this long to set up my web page, but I fully believe in better late than never. You can also find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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