I was born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y. and attended New York City public schools, including the Bronx High School of Science. I graduated cum laude and With Distinction from Boston University, with a BA in English, and then earned a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from Stanford University.
I’ve been happily married for thirty-one years to Douglas Brayfield, a practicing psychotherapist. We live in a 1922 Dutch cottage in Santa Monica, California, where we raised two children, now grown. I write and produce dramatic TV shows as well as writing books. I’ve been nominated for an Emmy award three times, a Writer’s Guild Award twice, and by 2011 will have published five novels.
I have found joy in caring for our dogs, and extraordinary sadness when we lost our thirteen year-old corgi, Wynk. The practice of kado — Japanese flower-arranging with a Tibetan influence – helps me to relax, as well as tending an herb and vegetable garden, and, strangely, cleaning out cabinets (my constant ‘organizing’ is a joke in our family).
There is always a comforting pile of books by the bed. All I want at night is a glass of Prosecco, to cook dinner with my husband, and settle down with a little TV or a movie, alongside our little rescue dog, Pablo, and Abyssinian cat, Zen. We still haven’t gotten over the cancellation of 24.