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How to write a Successful College Admission Essay

Pitch Perfect: How to Write a Successful College Admission Essay is a complete guide to writing a powerful personal statement for college admission. It cuts through the fluff and compresses an entire writing class between its covers. The writing exercises, grammar shortcuts and essay prompts included in this book give students the tools they need to write their best college essays. Students of all ages find this guide both accessible and invaluable. Click here to look inside on Amazon.

Stone Garden

A smart young woman making her way through the privileged terrain of northeastern prep-school land, Alice McGuire is certain of her world and her future – until the summer her best friend and soul mate, Matthew Swan, vanishes on a trip to Mexico. Stunned, Alice and the rest of the close-knit town that adored Matthew search for answers. For Alice, the journey of heartbreak leads from everything that is familiar to forbidden places and forgotten people who will teach her about kindness and forgiveness: lessons that will open her to new possibilities and unexpected hope. Click here to view on Amazon.
• New York Times, Notable Books for 2003
• Book Sense 76, 2003
• ALA Best Book for Young Adults

Parting Is All We Know of Heaven

Cordelia Cavanagh works as a receptionist at a New York City squash club but aspires to an acting career. After her sister is brutally murdered, she indulges in survivor guilt in the worst way and spends the rest of the novel trying to make sense out of her muddled feelings about her dead sister, her psychologist mother, and her frustrated actor father. Cordelia unwisely hooks up with Philip, a true lowlife, with whom she has fairly graphic but unexciting S & M sex. She also tries anorexia and drugs, to no avail. She finally comes to her senses and seems to resolve her conflict somewhat, but her relationships with various family members and friends remain tenuous. Click here to view on Amazon.

Living in Arcadia

The story of Lilian Jordan – a born survivor – who at 30, decides to reject her family and the conventions of life in the fast lane and devote herself to the search for her natural mother, independence, and unconditional love. Click here to view on Amazon.



Contributor, Huffington post

How to Be a Stepmother


First, don't ever forget you didn't give birth to them. Never refer to yourself as their parent, don't tell them what to do or act like you think they are pulling a fast one when you get home and they are doing something wrong. Act stupid and vaguely confused; don't act like you have any idea of how to raise a child. Apologize for your lack of intelligence, make sure you have plenty of extra money and find ridiculous reasons to hand your stepchild cash. For example, pay them for expressing a preference for a certain type of apple. Hand them at least ten dollars and suggest it's for something they did that you can't remember but you're sure you owe them money. Click here to view Literary Mama.

Columnist, New World Review

Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer's loneliness, but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day. ~Ernest Hemingway

Writing is an isolating process. This column is an attempt to create community, to explore the world of writing, publishing, teaching, reading, living in a world of words, and finding common truths. I hope you will share your ideas with me, as to how you live, write, and read. Click here to view New World Review.

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