There is No Such Thing As Failure


photo by Chris Dlugosz I was recently working on a deal with Costco to have my book sold in their stores. At the last minute, the deal fell through. I won’t bore you with the details, but I worked very hard for the better part of a year until it was beyond my control and … Continue reading There is No Such Thing As Failure

Watching a Novelist at Work


photo by theilr I was recently asked if I’d consider participating in a program at a local college that aims to pair professionals with Honors students who are pursuing similar careers. The goal is to forge a mentoring relationship. After hearing some of the details of the program, I expressed my interest. It sounded like … Continue reading Watching a Novelist at Work

New Jersey Monthly: Food For Thought


Illustration by Richard Faust It was a few weeks before my 34th birthday, and I was seven months pregnant with my first child. My husband, a native of Wyckoff, and I were living in Manhattan. We worked long days back then and didn’t cook much at home. After all, we lived in New York City, … Continue reading New Jersey Monthly: Food For Thought

An Open Letter to Pigs (And Other Picky Eaters)


photo by David Merrett Dear Pigs, By the way, may I call you that? Pigs? It’s meant with the utmost respect, and after all, it is your name. Believe me, pig. I’ve never used your name in vain when referring to perverts or sleazeballs. I don’t know who started that. Uncool. Nor have I ever … Continue reading An Open Letter to Pigs (And Other Picky Eaters)