“It’s a luxury to be a writer, because all you ever think about is life.”
– Amy Tan
I’m a proud native New Yorker, and it was in New York that I began my love affair with the arts, all of them – literary, visual and performing. My first teacher was my culture-loving mother who immersed me and my three sisters in everything New York had to offer – museums, the public library, the opera, symphony, dance, Broadway and off-Broadway—we sampled and savored it all. Her love became my passion and led me to a career in the arts in positions with the Chrysler Museum of Art, the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, the Arts and Science Council and finally, the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
The art world is fertile creative ground for this writer. Every work of art, artist, exhibition, institution and patron has a story. It is rife with colorful characters, history, intrigue, money, power, exotic places, truth, lies, romance, heartbreak, treachery, tragedy, triumph and of course, the creativity of the arts. My experiences and observations became the catalyst for my debut novel, “Provenance.” Through my protagonist, Lance Henry Withers, I tell a story of one man’s history and how art and the people he encountered in the art world changed him, and the people around him.
My next novel, “Promise,” continues the story of art collector, Lance Henry Withers, while drawing inspiration from my own roots growing up in the tight-knit community of Corona-East Elmhurst in Queens, New York. “Promise,” is scheduled for publication in 2017.
Today I make my home in Baltimore, Maryland where I live with my husband—university professor and author, Dr. Granville M. Sawyer, Jr.,—having raised two daughters of whom we are immensely proud. After living in the DC suburbs, we were drawn to Charm City and the vibrancy of its cultural district. Now I thrive on the art being created all around me. I also walk in the footsteps and feel the inspiration from icons of art and literature who once lived steps from my front door—Romare Bearden, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dashiell Hammett, Dr. Claribel Cone and Etta Cone, Jeff Koons, Edgar Allen Poe, Gertrude Stein and Anne Tyler. I bet I’ll find a few great stories to tell here too.
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