A native of the Finger Lakes, New York, I am the author of the historical fiction novels, 'The Irish Dresser,' 'Hope in New York City,' 'Norah, The Making of an Irish-American Woman in 19th-Century New York,' and the soon to be released, 'The Irish Milliner.' I'm currently writing a novel about a Native American woman who lived in New York in the 1700s. I am also the author of the cookbook, 'Pavlova in a Hat Box, Sweet Memories and Desserts.' I am a graduate of Vermont College with a B.A. in Literature and Creative Writing and have worked as a freelance writer, written plays, short stories, novels, and two screenplays.
Primarily, I'm a novelist who loves researching and digging into the past to find some gold for my stories. My screenplay, 'The Irish Dresser Series,' is based on my four Irish-themed books. I never desired to be a screenwriter and then I had a dream...and have learned there was a real Norah McCabe, who left Ireland in 1847 to come to America. The American dream never dies, although in these times, it is in danger of being extinguished. I'm seeking to sell my screenplay, The Irish Dresser Series' and to open 'Hunger No More,' an artistic retreat for those who have suffered from war, deprivation, and poverty. "All of us are asleep," a Jewish saying goes, "By telling stories, we are awakened." And I believe, we are also healed.
Unique traits: redhead? baker and dancer
The Irish Dresser Series Historical In turbulent, dung and gang-mired New York City, a young, plucky, visionary Irish woman who survived the Famine, achieves a hard-won identity as an Irish-American. Owning a used clothing store, loving a rebel, becoming a milliner who creates hats for escaped slaves, and overcoming rape and loss, this gritty and imaginative character is no pig-headed Bridie, and could be any woman, any immigrant, at any time in history.
Roberts Wesleyan College (Rochester, NY)
University of Vermont (Burlington, VT)