ZITFACE is my first book, but I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was ten years-old. I also wanted to be an actress, early on. I grew up in
In college, I studied magazine journalism at the
During this time, I periodically suffered from adult acne. I tried multiple antibiotics, including Accutane. Still, the acne resurfaced sometimes. When it did, I felt self-conscious, embarrassed, and annoyed that I let it get me down.
After TV GUIDE, I held a few non-writing gigs not worth mentioning. Then I joined U.C.L.A.'s Institute for Social Science Research, where I interviewed ‘real people’ for behavioral studies. Motivated to help others, I went to grad school, received a master’s degree in counseling at
Moving home made sense, economically. I had financial aid loans to repay, and I got a job in
I spent my thirties working as a school counselor, and then as a managed health care manager (it paid more). I also buckled down and wrote the first draft of ZITFACE. More importantly, I decided to adopt a child. During the process, I fell in love with my now-husband Trey. Together, we adopted our daughter Olivia from
I was so busy being a wife, mom and counselor that I practically forgot about ZITFACE—until my literary agent submitted it to Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books. They acquired my manuscript in March, 2009.
I’m still a busy wife, mom and—finally!—a published book author. It took a few decades, but it was worth the wait. I live in