I’ve been working on the content for my new and improved website. I’m trying to figure out who I am.
This is harder than you might suppose. And I have to find a decent photo or two.
Photos without sunglasses. You’re not supposed to wear sunglasses. I guess it suggests you’re hiding something.
Anyhow, here’s my shitty first draft about me. See what you think.
I’m a native New Yorker, specifically from the borough of Queens. I’ve spent my life reading, watching movies, watching television, and listening to music, and seeking creative outlets. My first love has always been books and writing. However, the magic of movies and television have also inspired me. Thus, my interests in writing are diverse.
I hold a B.S. in journalism, a law degree and Master of Library Science, all awarded by the University of Maryland. I worked as an attorney for nine years, in the private and public sectors. In 1996, I closed my law office and began writing freelance for a living, in addition to working on my fiction writing.
In 2004, I suffered a stroke from which I seemed to fully recover. However, several months later, I began to develop symptoms of dystonia on the left side of my body (the side affected by the stroke). In 2005, my first Sam McRae mystery novel IDENTITY CRISIS was published, but went out of print when the publisher went out of business nine months later.
Stephanie Ann “Sam” McRae is a former public defender with her own law office. Sam tends to represent society’s underdogs and distrust authority. She’s a bit like Kinsey Millhone as a lawyer. Or a female Perry Mason, without a Della Street. And she can take punch like V.I. Warshawski, and unfortunately does so now and then.
In 2009, I organized a fundraiser called the Freedom Ride for Dystonia. This was the year I took a dream trip to Italy with my husband. I also brought my out-of-print novel back into print by publishing it through Lulu.com and online through Kindle Digital Publishing.
In 2011, I released my second Sam McRae mystery LEAST WANTED, in print through my own imprint, Renegade Press. I also published it for Kindle and Nook.
In 2012, I released my third Sam McRae mystery, RIPTIDE, through Renegade Press and in digital format for Kindle, Nook and Kobo device. My husband and I traveled to Ireland and the UK, where I met an author and a reader, who I’d come to know through blogging. I also developed more interest in pursuing screenwriting and possibly indie film producing.
My blog chronicles my journey toward happiness and life fulfillment, makes the occasional random observation, and provides samples of my work, in the hope that you may wish to buy it.
This website includes links to more information about my books, writers’ resources, my memoirs, my book reviews, and dystonia-related resources.
Robert Louis Stevenson once said, “Everyone lives by selling something.” It’s how you do it that counts, in my opinion.
My favorite hobbies, along with reading books and watching films, are traveling, watching baseball, and walking just about anywhere. Among my other life goals are to travel the world and see a game at every major league baseball park. My husband and I live in Columbia, MD, in a house full of cat hair.
Okay … that’s what I’ve got, so far. I know I’d like to come up with more pictures than just these:
And Jeff Cohen is a mensch! #justsaying
I hit a Crossroad and found this man.
UPDATE: I can always find just the right sentiment in Nik Nak’s Old Peculiar. It’s positively
“If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry.”
All you need is love, right?
This man is a real writer and awesome!