Born in Tampa, Florida.
Graduated from the University of South Florida.
Worked as a journalist in Miami and then Latin America.
Married a Frenchman, moved to Paris.
Had two boys, got a PhD in History.
Starting teaching and writing books.
Paris is a city with layers of fascination. You spend time at one level, think you've got that, and then realize that it was just the prelude to another level of knowledge and understanding. Or misunderstanding, as the case may be. At any rate Paris is never boring. It can be frustrating, infuriating, amazing and sublime, but not boring.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite author tends to be the last book I loved, and I read a lot and love a lot of books! I don't have a pantheon. I love Gary Shteyngart for his humor and Gillian Flynn for her insight and Barbara Kingsolver for her characters. Then there are classic authors I love to re-read to match a mood, such as Zola, Austen, Flaubert. I like to match authors to a time and place, too. A daily train commute is great for Fred Vargas, but a long TGV ride is better with Hilary Mantel.
Playground for Misunderstanding takes a smart and funny walk along faultlines of communication that are male-female, young-old, French-American, with a plot wrapped around a police investigation in Paris, 2009. Is it murder, or is it not? An American exchange student and his French girlfriend trip into the investigation and its subset considerations of life in Paris today.