After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, I studied briefly at the Sorbonne in Paris before returning to the Bay Area, doing freelance editing, and writing book reviews for the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Review of Books, and Pacific Sun magazine. Then my career took a turn. For 16 years I was executive director of a nationally-certified crisis intervention and suicide prevention center. I also have been executive director of three university-run counseling centers, and deputy director of a multi-county social service agency. For my work, I received a special commendation from the California Legislature and was chosen to carry the Olympic torch. 

Recently I finished two manuscriptsa debut novel and a new nonfiction book. My agent is shopping them now.