I grew up in a well-to-do suburb of Boston. As befit my status as the middle child of three girls, I was an under-achiever prone to testing the limits. Despite my best attempts to disgrace my parents, I ended up graduating from Brandeis University, not with the degree in theater that I went in for, but with a degree nonetheless.
My early working years were exciting. I put in time at a radio station, a record company, and a cable television station. I was awarded a gold record for REO Speedwagon’s, Keep On Loving You; saw lots of rock concerts from back stage; hosted a local access cable television show called Absolutely Animals about, you guessed it, animals; and was introduced to computers when a friend bought a Commodore 64.
At some point I answered a classified ad in the newspaper (that’s how people used to find jobs and get news before the Internet) that said “we’ll teach you personal computers so you can help our customers.” I got the job and after a brief stint doing technical support I moved into marketing in high tech where, professionally speaking, I’ve been ever since.
I had made a good friend at the cable station who drafted me to be a host for a show that interviewed touring authors. Over the course of several years in the ‘90s, I interviewed many popular writers (Joyce Carol Oates, Elmore Leonard, and Donald Westlake to name a few) and many brand-new authors who would subsequently disappear into obscurity (not, of course, due to anything I may have said). However, some of those new authors went on to bigger and better things. I interviewed Barack Obama when his first book, Dreams from My Father, came out. He was not even a Senator at the time, but at the end of our half-hour interview I said, “I expect we’ll be hearing great things about you.” Really. I kid you not.
According to an article I read in The New Yorker, some creative people don’t hit their stride until quite late. Cezanne, for instance, was in his 60’s before he had any success. I am no longer a spring chicken, and 60 will be in my rear-view mirror soon, but I still dream of being a creative success. I write as-yet-unpublished-novels for Young Adults and younger readers, which I expect, in due time, to be invited to discuss on the local cable access channel. Stay tuned.