Photo Credit Melanie Reyes

I’ve always been a writer. I might not have believed it was how I could live my life, but for as long as I can remember, I have turned to the written word to figure out what I think, what I feel, even what I believe. My mother says I was 6 years old when I first wrote a story, and I remember carrying around a corduroy-covered journal around the age of 10. I filled those pages with stories, poems, and skits. Toted it on family vacations. Asked my lifelong best friend (also a writer) to illustrate the inside cover (it’s the behind of an elephant with the words The End in lovely script – thanks, Melissa!).

Through writing, I see the beauty in ordinary moments. I keep that journal on a shelf behind my desk now to remind me of who I have always been, and to stay true to that person, even when it gets hard.

I spent 15 years as a journalist in New York, Washington, D.C., and Detroit. I earned an MFA in Writing from Goddard College, and I’ve taught writing in universities and around the world for decades. In 2007, I pivoted from my first career as a journalist to become a marketing entrepreneur. That’s when I created Your People LLC, a marketing and public relations company that has represented yoga businesses, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, universities and Waldorf schools and now, we help authors build their brands and market their books.

Just before the pandemic, I pivoted once again, to return to my writing roots and focus on writing books and teaching writing. At that time, I pledged to write a book a year. I’d already had eight books published – two poetry collections and six nonfiction books. At midlife, I turned to fiction and forged an author brand that focuses on creating compelling Jewish characters in literary, suspenseful novels.

My first novel, WOMAN OF VALOR debuted September 26, 2023, via SCOTIA ROAD BOOKS, an independent publishing imprint for women over 40 with strong voices that need to be heard. That’s my new publishing house, and I chose to publish this way because I wanted to shepherd my books into the world with my hand in every stage of the publishing process. Plus, I didn’t want to jump through hoops to make other people money! My next novel, CAVE OF SECRETS, will publish August 27, 2024. Check out all my books here.

Now, I spend every morning writing, and devote my afternoons to teaching and working with clients. I help writers build their author brands and hone their craft through Developmental Editing and Book Coaching, an Author Brand Marketing Mastermind, The Writers Community and Writing Coaching. I also teach lots of classes through WritingWorkshops.com.

I am a graduate of the University of Michigan and Goddard College, and I earned a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Wayne State University. The mother of four young adults, I live in Huntington Woods, Michigan with my husband Dan.

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On the Make Meaning Podcast, which I launched in 2018, I interview authors and people in publishing.

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