Writer. Actor. Swede.
I was born and raised in Princeton, NJ which also happens to be the setting (though never expressly stated) for my first novel, Overgrown. My mother is Swedish and my father is first generation American with Albanian parents (yeah, a super common combination). Each summer we would travel to Sweden to visit family, and my heart and soul are deeply rooted in our little house on an island in the Baltic Sea. At the age of 15, I became a dual-citizen of Sweden and the US.
I graduated from Cornell University as an English and theatre major. I then headed to NYC and became the first Editorial Assistant at the newly minted, Hyperion Books for Children. I read through the slush piles and wrote flap copy before altering my course to pursue a comedy and acting career.
For the next twenty-five years, I was a full-time actor and had much success as a sketch regular on Late Night with Conan O’Brien; TV shows; and my bread-and-butter, commercials and voice-overs (which I still do today). Along the way, my writing took the form of one-woman shows performed at UCB and The PIT, as well as two screenplays: the first, in Swedish, Den Otäcka Amerikanen (The Horrible American), and the second, Going Dutch, (in English). And here, many years later, I have circled back to my first love of writing with Overgrown and have started my 2nd novel, Cigarette Girl.
I am lucky enough to live with the best damned human I have ever known—my husband Tom—in our house in Dutchess County, NY with our two shamelessly adorable cats, Taxi and Pepe.
Have a look around and reach out and say “Hi”!