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I was born in the San Francisco Bay Area where, with the exception of a brief stint in New York, I have spent my entire life. Like my protagonist, I have a Jewish mother of Eastern European descent and an African-American father. I often consider myself to be something of a one-woman Benetton ad.
At the age of twenty seven, I gave birth to a wonderful son and chose to stay home with him for the first eighteen months of his life. During my hiatus from work as a fashion merchandiser, I managed to spend just enough quality time with my husband to motivate me to file for divorce. As a single mother on the verge of bankruptcy, I felt it was irresponsible to drown my sorrows in Cosmopolitans, so I drowned them in Frappuccinos and writing instead. The Frappuccinos (complimented by a healthy dose of anxiety) lead to insomnia, which lead to more writing time and it wasn't long before I realised that I had found my calling. Two years later I had an agent, a finished manuscript and bids from two New York publishing houses.
I feel the secret to living a happy life is to pursue your passions and learn from your mistakes, which is why I have quit my day job to become a full-time writer and will only spend quality time with my son, my friends… and Juan Valdez.