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I began my varied career as an interior designer, where I held the job of coordinator of the Interior Design/Decorating Certificate Program at Queensborough Community College for twenty years. I remain on the faculty teaching courses in design, decorative arts and creative writing.
My first novel, “Lily Steps Out” (Penumbra 2012)—twelve years in the making—earned “Published & Proud,” a feature article in Newsday’s Act II, followed by “Rita Steps Out,” in the Times Ledger. My short stories appeared in many literary journals including The Alaska Quarterly Review, before they were included in the collection, “Alterations” (Penumbra 2013). “Feminine Products,” is my most recent novel (Penumbra 2015). I love to read and write about the books I read and enjoy being the book reviewer for the Fire Island News.
I like talking about writing and other topics that interest me, and as a speaker I’ve presented at libraries and synagogues, at Hofstra University and CW Post Hutton House, on topics as varied as decorative arts, interior design, the talk, "Writing and Publishing in the Modern Age, or So You've Written a Book; Now What?" and "Coco Chanel ~ The Woman-The Legend." As far as blog talk radio, I read a segment from Alterations on "The Author's Corner" for Public Radio, guested on The Writer's Dream, LTV, and The Amy Beth Arkway Show.
When I think about it, there are a lot similarities between interior design and writing. "It's creativity at work. Writing is another form of design. In rooms, you put fabrics and furnishings together, aiming for that perfect note of color, texture and scale. Everything arranged in a way that instantly strikes the eye as a balanced whole. Writing is similar, except that instead of objects, you put people and plot together to create that balance. A world made with words.
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