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THE MOMMY WRITER

Travel and Leisure – In the Key of Life

My sixteen year love affair with the Florida Keys (and my husband) in the January 2016 issue of TRAVEL AND LEISURE magazine!  Pick up a copy in stores today! The first word my husband ever said to me was yum. We were on the dance floor of Sloppy Joe’s, the wild watering hole (and Ernest…

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Parenting, Love and Writing

Ah, the mommy-wife-writer balance! In her insightful and intelligent interview, Dr. Psych Mom asked some really personal questions, so I gave some really personal answers about balancing parenting and work… 1. How do you make time for your husband while raising a daughter and being an awesome best selling author? Hmmm … interesting question, and…

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The Long Kiss Goodnight

The bedroom is quiet, the ceiling a field of green and blue stars projected from a turtle nightlight. Chopin’s Nocturne’s are playing from the iPod speakers. My daughter is lying on her bed, staring at me. And I am lying on the floor reading. It is the end of our bedtime ritual, known in our…

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Mommy Writer

I was on my way to New York a couple of weeks ago on the 6 AM flight, looking ahead to a day of meetings. I left my five-year-old daughter back in Florida, which I rarely do.  So she was very much on my mind — mainly because she put the screws to me for…

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Lessons From My Daughter

My daughter is smarter than I am.  She’s three.  I realized that I was outmanned and outgunned during a recent nap-battle.   She wanted to wear a large, pink translucent bucket on her head while she napped.  I objected, then compromised by leaving it on a near-by shelf.  A few minutes later, over the baby monitor,…

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It's Not Fair

“Can cats open doors?” Ocean wanted to know this morning, as she watched a neighborhood stray preening on our deck. “No,” I told her. “They can’t.” “Why not?” “For a lot of reasons – they’re not tall or strong enough, they don’t have hands, and they’re not very smart.” “Oooh!” she said in dismay. “It’s…

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Enough Stuffs

I was in Target late last week. Again. I feel like we spend a lot of time there. Not that I’m complaining. I LOVE seeing my books there. They, among others, have been huge supporters of my paperbacks. And I am very grateful for that. But prior to my move to Florida from New York…

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Five Weeks in Paris

My family and I spent five weeks in Paris this summer. It was a dazzling experience and a much needed disconnect from everyday life. I did a lot of writing while I was there, both on my next novel and also simply recording my thoughts and observations on a truly stunning, vibrant city. Of course,…

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Changes

I’ve said on an earlier post and in several interviews that I could not have written BLACK OUT if it weren’t for my daughter. Motherhood changed me, naturally. How could it not? It changed my view of the world, and so it changed my writing. It also made me more paranoid than ever before –…

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Enemy At The Baby Gate

Like generals heading into battle my husband Jeffrey and I prepared for every possible condition in readying ourselves for the arrival of our daughter. Overwhelmed by the horror stories of those who’d headed into the fray before us, there was no attack — from colic to breastfeeding issues, from sleep deprivation to sexual starvation —…

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