Memoirs are my passion. I appreciate that memoir writers learn so much about themselves writing a memoir, just as readers learn so much by reading them. Nonfiction books are another passion. They, too, can be some of the greatest teachers.
I began my editorial career over thirty years ago, as an editor at Women’s Sports & Fitness. I went on from there to work for Ten Speed Press, Chronicle Books and Ortho Books. In 1989 I returned to my roots—Los Angeles—where I was a script analyst for HBO Pictures, reviewing scripts for development executives. I truly smiled for an entire year when I returned to the Bay Area in 1991, to finish and publish my first book, with Temple University Press. Lesbian and Gay Marriage: Private Commitments, Public Ceremonies. It was the first book in the rising trend of new interest in the subject. When I moved to Sonoma County, I continued as a freelance editor for Bay Area publishers while teaching memoir for the next eighteen years as adjunct faculty at Santa Rosa Junior College. I also taught memoir at the University of California and Southern Oregon University. I’ve presented on memoir at the California Writer’s Club conference, the Story Circle Network conference, and for the National Association of Memoir Writers, and I have been a featured blogger for StoryCircleNetwork.org and WomensMemoirs.com.
My most recent book is the first in the new 100 Years in the Life series, 100 Years in the Life of an American Girl, a collection of 56 true stories about girlhood in every decade from 1910 to 2010. The book is available on Amazon and for all e-readers.