I am the author of Love is Red and Crown of Stars, Books I and II of The Night Song Trilogy. The New York Times Book Review has described Love is Red as "Ridiculously entertaining" and "effectively scary and great fun to read."
I was born in South Africa but spent most of my childhood in Atlanta where I caught fireflies on summer nights, buried a gerbil named Timothy Trouble to 'Swing Low Sweet Chariot' and went to school where my teachers addressed us as 'y'all.' When Nelson Mandela was released and apartheid ended, my family moved back to South Africa where I got to meet the great man himself, took private tennis lessons, and voted in the first free election.
My first book The Adventures of Lula the Discontented Cow was published in 2005. I've played piano in bars, been a Teaching Artist and a legitimate Dungeon Master for the online Internet game Shadowtale where I gained a passion for the medieval and created some seriously scary monsters.
I was also the bookwriter/lyricist for the children's musical A Shelter in Our Car, written with Robert L. Wilson, which the New York Times called a "poignant, sensitively written and buoyant show." It was produced in 2007 at Symphony Space in New York, where it was seen by over 12,000 school children and subsequently published by Boosey & Hawkes.
My work has been performed at The Library of Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, The Duplex, The Gershwin and Goodspeed Musicals. My musical Erika's Wall, written with Dr. Kathleen Tagg, was given a full developmental production by the Music Theatre Company in Chicago, July 2010. Other of my works include the cabaret Not that We're Bitter, written with Gaby Alter, and the song cycle Everything, written with Rob Hartmann, and winner of the Frederick Loewe Foundation Grant.
I am the mother of the smartest toddler on the planet and the wife of the best husband. I am not at all biased.
I am represented by literary agent Alexandra Machinist of ICM Partners and book-to-film agent Josie Freedman of ICM Partners.