I started writing at age nine and have never stopped. From 1992 to 2013 I taught at the United Nations International School in New York City. During this time, I wrote social studies curriculum on the American Revolution. I became somewhat obsessed with the topic, particularly the people who came together during this time period to change the course of history.
One of them was Thomas Paine, author of the pamphlet Common Sense, who inspired the people of the 13 colonies to fight for independence from Britain. For me, no other person has demonstrated the Power of the Pen as much as he did. Thomas Paine and others were the inspiration for my historical novel, Hart's Tavern, based on the actual tavern in Patchogue, Long Island.
For many years I worked as a staff journalist for the Suffolk County News and published freelance articles for several other publications. From 2005 to 2012, I was Editor in Chief of the Fire Island Tide where I managed a staff of 20 writers and edited their work to produce an 80-page bi-weekly magazine. During my tenure, the paper won several Folio and Press club awards for editorial, best feature, trend of the year, and humor.
Right now I am working on my next book, an historical novel set in the early 1900s, at a fictionalized location inspired by the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River, NY.
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