Hello! Thanks for visiting.
Whether you’re a reader or a writer, or both, I’m so happy you’re here!
If you’ve made your way over to the About page, you most likely are looking for a little bit about me. I’m a native New Yorker, who, by transplanting to suburban New Jersey, unwittingly conceived my first novel. THE MEMORY BOX, a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, is a self-published psychological thriller about a woman who Googles herself and discovers the shocking details of a past she doesn’t remember—set in a fictional New Jersey suburb where things appear to be quite ordinary. Unwitting because I’d never intended to author a book, but the book found me and refused to be ignored.
So many wonderful things have transpired as a result of The Memory Box’s release, but there is one crazy thing that stands out. It all started when I received an email from someone named Caroline Thompson. For those of you who haven’t read The Memory Box, that’s the name of my protagonist! Upon seeing this email in my inbox I became somewhat freaked out. The Caroline emailing me was a journalist for VICE and she discovered me when one day she decided to Google herself. One of the results said:
“Caroline Thompson Googles herself and discovers the shocking details of a past she doesn’t remember.”
That is, of course, the description for The Memory Box, but she thought she was reading something about herself! And when I received her email I thought it was from my protagonist! Confusion, panic and hilarity ensued. We both certainly did share a gigantic whew! once we ironed things out. As luck would have it, she’s always been fascinated by coincidences so she wrote an article for VICE about her discovery of the fictional version of herself, and how much they have in common!
“As a writer, misconceptions provide particular fascination for me—when people appear to be normal by context—but upon closer inspection are actually deviant or at the very least a little screwy.”
Incongruity carries over into my second novel, FOLLOWING YOU about a stalked celebrity who goes missing. Shae Wilmont, the adored host of IShop—a popular shopping site—makes a panic-induced split-second decision that goes terribly wrong, entangling the lives of three strangers.
Another theme that weaves its wave through my fiction is the subject of control. How people who are obsessed with control will do kooky things in order to attain it. And by kooky, I mean psycho.
As a former VP of Global Communications for Estee Lauder Inc. which jump-started a 20+ year career as a communications, marketing and branding expert, I now coach authors on how to market their books in order to increase visibility and find readers. I’m the creator and facilitator of two immersive workshops: Self-Publish Like a Pro and Find Your Readers Book Marketing workshops and bring this content to writers conferences everywhere writers can be found! I’m always thrilled to speak on a variety of subjects from creativity, self-publishing, book marketing, the business of writing, the emotional side of writing, second careers, and more.
On a personal note, I love the creative process in any form, among them: painting, gardening, re-purposing (though many D.I.Y. projects have been fraught with disaster, it doesn’t seem to stop me). I enjoy the beach and believe that all my big thinking happens when I’m close to the water. Traveling, cooking with my family, a really good belly laugh and hanging out with friends are really important to me. I make up songs as a way to dialogue with my kids who are no longer young, but find it infrequently entertaining no matter their age.
I’m thrilled by the interest for THE MEMORY BOX and FOLLOWING YOU from fans around the globe, as they find new readers every day. Thank you to my readers for your enthusiasm—when you take the time to write reviews, get in touch or spread the word! Connect with me on social and sign up for my newsletter and blog if you want to keep up with all my news. I can’t wait to share my next book with you—coming soon!”
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