epilepsy disease

Author Info

Hello out there! Let me tell you who I am — in one page or less!

Here goes:
I was born in Montreal, Canada, and moved to South Florida when I was seven — a move that took me from a northern extreme to a southern extreme in one giant leap.

I’ve been going to extremes and taking giant leaps ever since.

I am an only child in a line of only children — my mother is one and so is my daughter. It has its pluses and minuses. On the plus side, you end up with a big imagination. You think a lot. You tell yourself jokes. You have entire conversations with yourself. You make up stories.

On the minus side, you have no siblings to fight with. This might sound like a good thing to those of you with brothers and sisters, but what you’ve probably never realized is that fighting with siblings toughens you up for the rest of the world.

Anyway, as an only child, I spent a lot of time keeping myself company, so my head and I became really good friends. Which brings me to the writing part. As you’ve probably figured out, I started taking the stories in my head and writing them down.

Skip ahead a few years, and I was at the University of Notre Dame studying journalism. From there, I worked as a reporter at a newspaper, then wrote some publicity stuff, and then decided to go to law school (see what I mean about taking leaps!). My plan was to use words in a legally-y way while continuing to write articles and stories at the same time.

Not possible, as it turned out, unless I gave up sleep entirely. So after a while of working as a lawyer, I went back to writing — this time, magazine articles about the law and business stuff that I’d learned. And from there, you name it — I was writing about anything and everything. (Or, more specifically, things that I was interested in — which is pretty much anything and everything!)

After my daughter was born, I started making up stories to tell her. And here I am today. Writing girl stories!

The girls in Best Friend Thief are bits and pieces of all the girls I have known.

Photography by Keiko Guest