I'm thrilled my next novel, THE TRANSLATOR, will be published July, 2013 by Pegasus Books. My first novel, THE PAINTING, was named by the San Francisco Chronicle as a Best Book for 2004 and by MSNBC as a “fearless debut.” It also was nominated for a Northern California Book Award. I earned my undergraduate degree at Stanford University, a law degree at Hastings College of the Law, and a MFA in creative writing at San Francisco State University. I teach creative writing at the University of San Francisco, am the fiction editor for www.ablemuse.com, and review books for The Rumpus and The Children's Book Review.
That’s the short version.
A longer version: For many years, the idea of writing fiction intimidated me. (The Greats staring down with disapproval). As a girl, I read all the time. Scores of photos of me huddled on the couch, a lawn chair, in bed--reading. But I didn’t write. I kept a spy log. My favorite book was Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. I spied on my sisters. My mother. My father. I wrote things down. K got a bad grade and stuffed her report card behind her stinky socks. L licks her lips when she talks about chocolate. D’s breath smells like salami. Why? WHY!!!
Eventually I found the classics in BIG PRINT and read them all. Of course when I was older, I had to reread them because I didn’t remember a thing. I became a newspaper reporter, a magazine writer, a greeting card designer, a fitness instructor, a painting teacher, a tennis coach, an investment banker, a lawyer, (not in this order), and then, I wrote a short story. Then many short stories and earned an MFA. I wrote a novel that will remain in a drawer and then another novel, The Painting. And now another, The Translator.
I still keep a spy log.
There's a longer version, but it goes on, well, for too long.
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