Well, I certainly don’t profess to be another Garrison Keillor. But I too hail from the prairie and remain, first and foremost, a proud Prince-loving Minnesota girl. Like many writers, I gather, I’ve long found solace in the written word. My earliest efforts involved fashioning bits of cheesy nonsense into homemade gossip rags – typically adorned with the photos of celebrities I’d torn from discarded National Enquirers or my coveted Scholastic Bananas magazines. As a kid, I enjoyed the luxury of growing up next door to two of my beloved grandmothers and these delighted them to no end.

A jaunty young lady....

A jaunty young lady....

In 7th-grade, I penned “Car Trouble,” a riveting short story about a family’s cross-country road trip in their beat-up Country Squire station wagon. Imagine my surprise when National Lampoon’s Vacation reared its head at the cineplex shortly thereafter. For years, I felt certain its producers had somehow seen ~ and stolen ~ my story. Alas, publishing “success” first visited in 1990 when Spy magazine ran a photo and blurb from my irreverent contest essay, “On Becoming The Next Mrs. Donald Trump.” If Kurt Andersen and Graydon Carter liked me, I figured, surely I was destined for literary greatness.

So, I promptly became an attorney.

My babies ~ growing way too fast.

I practiced law for over a decade with a large Chicago-based firm and, in 2004, left the legal world to dance full-time attendance on my four children, husband, and assorted pets. After twenty years in the San Francisco Bay Area, my husband took the job of his dreams, we upped and joined the nomadic ranks of the Foreign Service and, for now, call France “home.” In the midst of all these transitions, I started pecking away at the computer, one thing led to another and, after hearing from hundreds of women in response to my December 2007 New York Times article, I decided to tackle my first book, The Twisted Sisterhood (Random House/Ballantine, Oct. 26, 2010). The book tracks the highs and lows of our female connections, explores the hidden fallout from our incivility, negativity, and other darker tendencies, and shoots to inspire us all toward a more positive, mindful style of relating.

A bit of a travel obsessive....

A bit of a travel obsessive....

Packed with tons of research, light humor, bits of memoir, and the voices of over 3000 women who responded to my female relationships survey, it is a pro-woman, conscious-raising if provocative, inspirational call to arms that I’m told has something for every girl and woman out there. (See The Book page for more details, follow me on Twitter, drop me a line through my Contact page, and/or head to the book’s Facebook page for upcoming news and events.)

Thanks very much for stopping by . . . .

More than anything, I love to laugh!

More than anything, I love to laugh!