You just can’t beat a good story. And I realize now, after many years in the magazine business—and a recent switch to investigative work—that this is what it all boils down to. The characters, the plot, the dialogue, the twists and turns. And maybe best of all, the details, which can say so much. Until February 2016, I had the privilege of telling stories at More, a truly smart, funny, not-patronizing magazine for women, where I was the executive features editor and also a writer. (Why do the smart women's magazines always fold?) I’ve also written and edited for Penthouse, Glamour, the New York Times Syndicate and others, on topics ranging from celebrities to social issues, politics to criminal justice (which, judging from my writing clips, seems to have emerged as a bit of an obsession) and more.
I love telling stories in every format—in print (profiles, investigative features, trend pieces, packages, round-ups, essays); on line (features, slideshows, videos, polls); on social media (where, in addition to my personal platforms, I managed More's Twitter feed). I am equally happy working on a 5,000-word article, a 2,000-word essay, a 150-word package entry, a two-word humor-item slug. An Instagram photo can tell a great story, too. I even, waaay back in the mists of time, wrote ad-sales promotion copy (another type of story). I love it all. Now I am taking a deeper dive into sleuthing, a field that has long fascinated me, as a Confidential Investigator in the Background Unit of the New York City Department of Investigation.
You can see my writing and editing (some of which has won awards) here, and here. You can find my resume here, and follow me on social media at the tabs below. I also do an occasional blog about the stories behind the stories (like the time I interviewed Roseanne Barr on her unmade bed), New York City history and my family's connection to it, and other random stuff I hope will be of interest. I’d love to hear your thoughts about what makes a great story, the state of the publishing business, your own family history, or whatever else you feel like talking about. Because I really do believe that truth is stranger than fiction.