Never let the lyrics get in the way of a good groove.
—Quote attributed to Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire about his lyric "Ba-dee-Ya" from the song, September
Professional Association Memberships
*Finalist in the Adult Fiction category of the Leapfrog Global Fiction Prize contest*
What people are saying about CIGARETTE GIRL...
"[CIGARETTE GIRL] is raw and filled with an intense grit that will make you feel as if you've been plunged into the world of 1990s NYC. A superb tale!
-Georgina Cross, Best-selling author of The Niece, Nanny Needed, The Stepdaughter and more
"I loved it. The imagery and storytelling are beautiful. I was hooked. I think it's smart, your prose is captivating, and I really like Hedy. It has a kind of Where the Crawdads Sing feel to it in that its character development forward and the mystery feels a bit secondary…but being compared to Crawdads isn't too shabby. It's a story that's going to stick with me."
- Author of Her Dying Day, Mindy Carlson
“I think CIGARETTE GIRL is better than Girl on the Train. AJ Finn's Woman in the Window has a similar vibe with an unreliable narrator & a twist. The thing I think that’s very fresh about your book is the setting—it’s so unique and unexpected.”
- Stephanie N.P. Beta-reader
“I recently read The Last Thing That He Told Me by Laura Dave which I definitely can find parallels with for CIGARETTE GIRL. It’s a mystery (incredible page-turner), where the main characters (also female) are faced with a situation that requires them to look into the past to try to find answers to their identity. Can’t wait to see CIGARETTE GIRL out and in-print!”
- Ilena K., Beta-reader
“My first thought is Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner.
The whole Manhattan setting and the on-going mystery remind me of CIGARETTE GIRL.
Second thought: Paula Hawkins The Girl On the Train. The protagonist is equally mysterious with her life spinning out.”
- Pam F.M., Beta reader
CIGARETTE GIRL (71,000 words) is an upmarket tale of suspense with a speculative element, steeped in mid-1990s-Guilianified-NYC, and the gritty truths that lurk beneath the surface of high-end strip clubs.
CIGARETTE GIRL is told in two alternating timelines. It will appeal to fans of the pacing and puzzle-solving aspect of Ruth Ware’s In a Dark, Dark Wood, the visceral sexuality of Megan Abbott’s The Turnout, as well as the intoxicating faux-glam of the film, Hustlers.
The road to Hedy Parker’s American Dream is paved with bad intentions.
Hedy didn’t earn one-and-a-half Ivy league degrees just so she could work in a gentleman’s club—but needs must. Her parents think Hedy is plugging away on her MFA in creative writing at Columbia, not peddling cigars to handsy, drunken Wall Streeters and falling hard for an Albanian gangster at a topless club. But ever since their Little Hedy nearly drowned at the age of seven, nothing about her has gone according to plan.
Twenty years before, Hedy had a vision as she lay at the bottom of a lake. The vision came in the form of an unfamiliar name spelled out before her and nothing more. Since then, she has kept a diary to this person she didn’t really believe existed. Now, this diary has become evidence that connects Hedy to a grisly triple homicide at the club. To absolve herself, Hedy must piece together the previous night's events that led to the carnage. As the puzzle takes shape, Hedy discovers that her infatuation with the mobster has entangled her in a dangerous web, and that her near-death-experience from 1976 was not a vision at all, but a premonition.
*Currently out with literary agents*
OVERGROWN (89,000 words) is an adult coming-of-age, literary gothic horror story steeped in 1979 suburban Americana. It's the tale of three best friends—Booie, Mary, and Rhonda—all turning thirteen in September, 1979, where sexuality, and the truth behind a crime of passion from twenty years before, dot their landscape like well-hidden land mines.
Think Megan Abbott's The End of Everything meets the film Donnie Darko.
*This novel is currently being revised*
Going Dutch is a comedy about the televised fall and rise of swashbuckling weatherman, Dutch Driesen, whose late-1970s heyday was cut drastically short by betrayal. Dutch’s long and riotous road back to weatherman glory will lead him to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Steve, as they journey to tiny Trippingham, WA in search of redemption.
Den Otäcka Amerikanen (The Horrible American) in Swedish. Mariska—dual citizen of the US and Sweden—returns to her childhood sanctuary in Sweden after being chewed up and spit out by a Hollywood that has found her obsolete at the age of 35. Will she find herself at home again? Or does she, truly, belong nowhere?
UPFRONTS is a send-up of the TV and Cable Networks annual pimping of their Fall Show line-ups to the advertisers and press. The WLC Network’s President and Head of Programming, Tater Simkins, is proud to invite you to her UPFRONTS presentation of her ass-kicking Fall TV Show line-up. Enjoy glossy, sexy promo videos from her three new TV shows and meet their stars – live and up-close! Click here to view performance!(Directed by Mike Shapiro; Director of Photography, Todd Bieber; Featuring: Amy Landecker, Matt Ballard, Henry Zebrowski, (the brilliant, much loved & missed) Lloyd Porter, Jeff Hiller, Katherine Maughan,
SPLEEN (Life Lessons from an Inappropriate Drunk). Click here to view performance!
How many Bridal Shower, Wedding and Birthday Party for 1-Year Old invites have you gotten recently? Sick of it? Get your catharsis on when SPLEEN says all of the things you’ve only dreamed of saying.
CELEBRITY FAMILY FOOD: in this half-hour reality road trip, our host, Michelle Maryk, travels the country to visit first generation American celebrities and their Moms to learn to cook that one very special dish from their Mother’s homeland that our celebrity can never forget.(co-written and produced with Lauren Flick; sizzle reel produced by P3 Entertainment).