My novel, COYOTE WINDS, follows a boy who tames a wild coyote on the prairie in the time leading up to the Dust Bowl. It asks whether that American Dream is a blessing or a curse.
What do you think about the American Dream?
As I researched the Dust Bowl, I discovered a classic story about American optimism. I wanted to explore the can-do spirit which drew people to this rugged land, plowing up millions of acres of prairie grass, and bringing on one of the worst man-made ecological disasters in history. These families so strongly believed in what they were doing that they were blind to the consequences of their ambitions even when the land was blowing out from under them. What a great set up for a story.
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the hill, Be a scrub in the valley – but be The best little scrub by the side of the rill; Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a bush be a bit of
- 10 Gallon Press and Bennett Valley LawpresentAfter more than 20 years of practicing law with major firms in San Francisco, I founded my own firm in 2007. My clients include developers, investors, start up companies, bio-tech companies, wineries, restaurants, and individuals. Being my own boss has given me time to write one novel, COYOTE WINDS, and a non-fiction book, KEEPING IT LEGAL, Step-by-Step Guide to the Legal Issues of Self-Publishing, to be released June 2014.
I grew up in the wilds of New York City. My parents were theater people, and for
many summers we operated a summer stock theater in the Poconos. From those
theater years and from reading countless books, I fell in love with the power
of the story to make us laugh, learn, love and cry. I majored in English at
Cornell University and spent several years as an advertising copywriter.
I then attended University of Chicago Law School and moved to San Francisco where I have practiced business law for almost thirty years and raised my twin daughters.Over the years, I have taken writing classes and participated in workshops through University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University and Squaw Valley Community of Writers. I had a play produced in a small Los Angeles theater. My short stories have won prizes in various contests and appeared in bosque (the magazine) and Redwood Writers’ Vintage Voices Anthologies.
- University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D., 1984
- Cornell UniversityEnglish