I have been writing fiction and personal essays for a long time. For many years, I earned a living doing freelance writing of one sort or another–journalism, newsletters, business brochures, young adult nonfiction books, et cetera. I also copyedited mass-market novels. My stories and essays have been published in literary quarterlies such as The Southern Review, Glimmer Train, Witness, Fifth Wednesday, Green Mountains Review and The Baltimore Review. I received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fiction Fellowship and stories of mine have been cited in editions of Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays. I am the mother of Benjamin, now twenty-six, and Samantha, twenty-nine, and I am married to Phillip Margulies, who is also a fiction writer. We all live in Washington Heights. Queen for a Day was inspired by my life as Benjy’s mother.
Photo by Ann Slavit