The Inside scoop
We are each the heroes of our own story. The question is which story to tell.
I lead multiple lives:
Writer. Sociologist. Wife. Mom. Rock Singer. Yogi. Pet Lover.
Q: What’s a nice girl like you doing writing about the Russian mafia and crime?
A: Maybe I’m not so nice.
Listen to my interview on Nice Girls Reading Naughty Books.
I married a Russian man.
Like the Koslovsky family in Kings of Brighton Beach, he emigrated during the Cold War. Unlike them, he doesn’t have any deep, dark secrets. Or so he claims.
One day, I started thinking, “What if?” From that one simple question flowed a rich tale of family, crime, and espionage.
For those of you wondering, I do speak a little Russian. Hence the authentic phrases and cultural references throughout the novels. But for everything else, I’ve done a ton of research.Learn More