Writing is the perfect occupation for me and the only job that has ever mattered. As a writer, I can do what I want, pursue any interest, try something new each time. That’s important, because I crave variety and abhor routine. Consequently:
- In school, I got degrees in wildly different fields (computer science, film production, geology).
- I’ve had so many jobs. (Babysitter, duck caretaker. Switchboard operator, warehouse clerk, bank lackey, secretary, substitute teacher, bookkeeper, bureaucrat. Motion picture story analyst, low-budget TV producer. Scientific research internship director. Earthquake consultant. Professor. Disaster scientist.)
- I always have too many animals around (currently 5 cats and a dog).
- This blog’s header alternates among dozens of images.
- And it figures that my kids would be boy-girl twins with only a birthdate in common.
Writing always reflects the author’s interests, so – until now – I’ve never written the same kind of book twice. In 1992, in hardcover, Bantam-Doubleday-Dell published my psychological thriller that involves split brain research, animal rights and a love quadrangle, Was It A Rat I Saw. Somehow 20 years elapsed, during which I only wrote the novella C.R.I.M.E. Science, which features a quirky group of scientists and techies who solve crimes. In 2012 I got back into writing with my favorite book to date, the literary fiction Scar Jewelry, a multi-generational coming-of-age tale about a family with secrets.
Nowadays I feel considerable urgency to write and I’ve just published Nica of Los Angeles, the first book in a speculative fantasy detective series, FRAMES. Writing a series means I won’t be jumping genres again any time soon. In fact, I currently rise at 4a to write, to make sure I get the next Nica out pronto. I know the torture of waiting for the next installment in a beloved series, so as soon as my beta readers started writing things like “I need the next book ASAP!”, I realized I had to hustle.
I live in southern California where I enjoy live music, reading, hiking, cities, beaches, mountains, and the internet. If I had all the money in the world I would have an abode in each of its great cities.
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