“It’s a luxury to be a writer, because all you ever think about is life.”
– Amy Tan
I am New York City born and bred and it was in New York that I fell in love 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 administration with the Chrysler Museum of Art, the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Charlotte’s Arts and Science Council, the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and as CEO of the Baltimore’s Office of Promotion and The Arts (BOPA) – the City’s Arts Council, Film Office, and Events producer. Now my creativity is my own, I am finally writing fulltime!
The art world is fertile creative ground for a 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, creativity. 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 second novel, “Promise,” continues Lance Henry Withers, story while drawing inspiration from my own roots in the tight-knit community of Corona-East Elmhurst in Queens, New York. “Promise,” is on its way out into the world (a very scary time for an author). Through this website, I look forward to sharing Promise’s progress, as well as my journey as a writer, with all of you!
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