Eugene Lang Commencements

It was such an honor to participate in the beautiful Eugene Lang College commencement ceremony! And it brought back so many wonderful memories of my time at this amazing school.  Congrats to Stephanie Leone (winner of the Eugene Lang Dean’s Alumni Circle Award) and all The New School 2015 Grads!

Our Love of Books and Community

Last night I spoke at the brand new Manatee Performing Arts Center in Bradenton, Florida about my journey from aspiring to published writer, libraries, and early influences – including my librarian mom. The talk benefitted The Manatee County Library Foundation and it was a wonderful crowd of warm and engaging readers. I opened talking about my mother and her love of story, as well as her work in the Chester Library in New Jersey where I spent a lot of evenings doing my homework while she worked. I count her, and her love of books, as one of the major reasons I am a writer today. So, thanks Mom! And Happy Mother’s Day!

The Hollows

The Hollows is a very interesting and unique place. It started out simply as the setting, a fictional town I created, for my novel FRAGILE. But, over the years, it has become much more. Last week, I visited with one of my favorite book groups, run by the wonderful Pat Dowling at Clearwater Yacht Club. And one of the members, Kurt, had a very insightful comment and question about The Hollows. He said: