I am an author, journalist, playwright and performer. My 2007 book "You're Not the Boss of Me: Adventures of aModern Mom" is about a bad girl trying to be a good mom. It was a People Magazine gift pick andchosen by Wal-Mart for it's "Latest and Greatest" book promotion. I also write book reviews for The LosAngeles Times, and when I get my dander up, the Times also lets me writeOp-Eds. I have done features,interviews and reviews for the LA Weekly, LA City Beat, Bust Magazine, HighCountry News and assorted other places.
Ofcourse, no writing career is complete these days without a certain amount ofweb writing. I write regularly forLAObserved.com, The Huffington Post, and I co-write a column called "Because WeSaid So" (with "Alternadad" authorNeal Pollack) for Moli.com.
Iwas born a middle-class white child in New York City, learning my trade at mymother and father's knees (they were both writers). Seeing firsthand that writing most often led to poverty,madness and divorce, I vowed at a young age that I would be anything but a writer. So for a long time, I was an actress. I starred in obscure indie films, did acouple of guest stints on prime time television, and generally frittered awaymy twenties worrying about the size of my thighs and being rejected forroles. I did some stand-up, workedin voice-over and did a lot of performance art in those years, writing showsand performing in bars and black box spaces in and around Los Angeles.
ThenI had kids, and everything changed. Burned out from making the rounds, I realized that my favorite part ofdoing one-woman shows was the writing, so when my first daughter turned one Isat down and wrote a full-length piece called "Wild Amerika." It was a humorous mockumentaryexploring mating, monogamy and motherhood through a Darwinian lens. I used myself as a case study, puttingmyself in a series of compromising scenarios, then analyzing them as though Iwere an anthropologist. The showgot picked up by LA Theatre Works for their "The Play's the Thing" series. It was broadcast on NPR, winning someInternational Public Radio award that had no monetary value. But damn, it felt good.
Fromthere I just wrote, freelancing for little journals, getting pieces placed inanthologies, and working my way up. A couple of short essays I wrote for HipMama.com caught the eye of anagent in New York, and she signed me up and got me a book deal, and thus,"You're Not the Boss of Me" was born.
Iam a humorist, and my work is very observational and daringly, sometimesshockingly true. I've noticed thatpeople tend to laugh when they're uncomfortable, which is probably why theyfind my stuff so funny. It'srecognizable because it's real. Since I was very young I have believed in that old saw: "The truth shallset you free." It set mefree. Truth isliberating and equalizing. It ismy faith, my freedom and, sad to say, my lifelong jones. And the one of the real perks of truth is that it is almost always funny.
Laura Nolan, The Creative Culture, NY
Lucy Stille, Paradigm, LA
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