I’m a transplant. As a baby I sailed (metaphorically) from Tripoli, Lebanon, to Boston, Massachusetts. After I graduated from high school, I worked as a student nurse for two years, until, sadly, I realized I didn’t have the emotional distance required to survive in that career. When I left nursing, I serendipitously discovered court reporting, and became a court reporter where, like nursing, I saw life played out in a myriad of ways, many of them absurd. Fast forward to Santa Barbara, California. Once I settled in my new paradise, I fell in love, married, and had two sons. Because I’d always been—and still am—an avid reader, I read them stories every day. Even penned them a few. I enjoyed it so much, I started to write adult fiction, as well. And, no, I don’t mean X-rated.
Years later, I took a creative writing class, and shazam, I felt like a wine lover let loose in Napa Valley. So many vineyards. So many grapes. In vino veritas, and all that. I’m partial to the absurd aspects of our lives, the unusual, the innovative. I’m also partial to issues of alienation and what people do and don’t to fit in, and the reactions they get for their efforts. These themes are included in my collection of short stories, “Odd Bodies: 15 Screwball Short Stories,” “Shaky Characters: 10 Off-Kilter Short Stories,” and two novels, “Bite Me,” and “Toss -Up,” all works in progress.
Traditional publishing is going the way of the mastodon. I believe e-publishing is the future, consequently, I’m committed to sharing my stories and novels directly to you, electronically. I’m excited about this adventure and I hope that I can connect with you.