Thank you for visiting! Let’s start with an introduction. I am the editor of Deliver Me: True Confessions of Motherhood, a collection of true stories of motherhood by 20 writers, and author of the novel Shelter Us, a Finalist for the 2015 Southern California Indie Booksellers Fiction Award.
Like many women, my career followed a nonlinear path. I didn’t start as a writer (though I was always a journal keeper). My first career was raising a ruckus as a civil rights lawyer. Then I had my two sons, and the real ruckus began.
Motherhood jump-started my muse, and writing became my professional focus. But I am still an advocate at heart, so after a ten-year hiatus from law, including a stint as the Editor in Chief of L.A. Family Magazine, I returned part-time to practicing civil rights law, which frequently informs my writing, activism, and speaking.
I’m proud of my books not only for the reasons you might expect, but also because a portion of proceeds support PATH Beyond Shelter, an L.A.-based non-profit that helps homeless individuals and families rebuild their lives. I suppose it’s no surprise that both of my books deal with topics that motivate (and often confound) me: the trials and joys of motherhood, the crisis of homelessness, and wrestling with how we imperfect humans should respond to the ethical call to do something about it.
If you’re still reading, I suppose I should show my face.
Sometimes I look like this, as when a professional photographer airbrushes my wrinkles. (Credit Casual Candids)
And sometimes I look like this, as when competing in a crazy face contest with my kids. I didn’t even win.
Thanks for reading,
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