Born in New Jersey, I split my teenage years between there and a town near Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating with Honors from New York University, I worked as an assistant English teacher in two elementary schools in the suburbs of Paris, the city I'd fallen in love with on a school trip at the age of 13.  Today I pursue my passions of writing, editing, translation, showing visitors my beloved city, and helping people plan trips to locations around the world.

In addition to hopefully being the person you'll trust with your communication or travel needs, I'm also....



...a fiction writer - Some of my earliest memories include writing stories in notebooks.  Since then, I've penned four novels, one of which is currently being read in American publishing houses.  I regularly write short stories, as well.  You can read some of the latter in the "My fiction writing" section of this site, if you'd like. Some of my stories and poems have been published in print anthologies and on writing websites.  Over the years, I've happily been involved in many writers groups, and am thrilled to have been the M.C. of the Open Salon Weekend Fiction Club and to be the Our Salon Weekend Fiction Club M.C.  If you're a writer, too, you might want to check that last one out -- everyone's welcome to participate.

...a blogger. I write about all sorts of things, including life in Paris, musings, pop culture, history, motherhood, and my cat Ali. Before the site's unfortunate shutdown in 2015, my blog on Open Salon got hundreds to thousands of hits per post.  And most importantly, I made friends and connected with readers - a blogger's dream.  I've set up a new home at Medium.com, where you can read my latest posts and some old ones I've re-posted as well.  I also have an animal-related blog at The Dodo.com.

...Editor-in-Chief of Beguile, a literary and arts e-zine I founded in September 2010.  I love being able to showcase writing and artwork I truly find beguiling.  Please feel free to stop by and have a look.

...someone who loves to travel - I especially enjoy discovering unusual or forgotten traces of history in the places I go.  On my last trip back to America, for example, I was so excited to get to see Grip, a stuffed raven who was once Charles Dickens' pet, and who became the inspiration for two 19th century literary works: Dickens' novel Barnaby Rudge, and Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven".   

Striking a thoughtful pose with Grip at the Free Library of Philadelphia.



...an antiques collector.  Many objects from bygone eras intrigue me, including late 19th and early 20th century French almanacs, which I collect.  I also collect old photographs.  Here's one of my favorites:



...a mom.  My son's still pretty young but he's already a lot of fun to hang out with, I'm happy to say.  Well, unless he's having a meltdown about not being allowed to take apart his humidifier.  As for me, this selfie from last Halloween pretty much sums it up: I love a lot of things about parenting, but I'm not always perfect at it.... Also, as you can see from my face, I'm often exhausted.


...sort of obsessed with my cat - His name is Ali and he's a beautiful black European medium-hair with a super-friendly personality.  And he's so soft. And he goes crazy when he sees pigeons outside our window.  Once, he sat on my laptop and made what looked like an emoticon, which I'm pretty sure means he's a genius.

(actual photo)


...fascinated by history - In particular, the Belle-Epoque, the Siege of Paris, the Paris Commune, eccentric historic figures, the evolution of cities like Paris and New York, and details of everyday life in the past.

...a movie fan - My favorite movies are "Lola Rennt" ("Run Lola Run"), "Edward Scissorhands", "Rushmore", and "Mary Poppins".  What are yours?

...an art lover.  I haunt museums, and go into rhapsodies when I see works by artists I love.  If I could, I'd probably live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, like the kids in the novel From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

...a voracious reader.  My favorite book is A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett, but I'll read just about anything, in just about any genre.  Some books I've enjoyed recently include: Free Air by Sinclair Lewis; Dans les forêts de Sibérie by Sylvain Tesson; Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Life and Love With a Blind Wonder Cat by Gwen Cooper; The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery; La délicatesse by David Foenkinos; and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith.

...harboring a secret longing to be a circus performer.  Unfortunately, I'm far too clumsy for this dream to ever come true.