Why I wrote “A House for Happy Mothers”

It began with a news program on BBC about surrogacy. A British couple was using an Indian surrogate in the state of Gujarat. I had heard about surrogacy before. I knew the basics. But I didn’t know how big a business it is and how prevalent the practice. Every writer has a different process for…

Copenhagen, I miss you

Spring is here! It’s such a pleasure to live in California where spring does arrive, compared to Copenhagen where it was always a little dicey as to when the skies would part and the sun would shine. Regardless of the weather in Copenhagen, I find that I miss the city. I was just there for a short visit…

Was that a racist remark or are you just a sensitive brown girl?

You have to accept it. You are a brown girl living in a white society. Nine times out of ten you’re the only person of color in a restaurant, a meeting room, the pharmacy … et cetera, et cetera. The fact is that you’re not conscious about your color because you’re not carrying a mirror…

The art of procrastination

Writers are excellent procrastinators, especially when they have a lot of work to do, which I do right now. It’s completely counter productive. However, with some personal and professional stuff up in the air, I simply don’t have the mental space to write. But I will take three weeks off this summer (in three weeks,…

The blind spot

I spoke to an executive at work recently to get some advice on how to deal with a sticky situation. During the course of our conversation he said to me, “Have you done any work on self-awareness?” My immediate and defiant response was, “I’m self-aware.” And the thing is that I am. I know myself…

When art meets art

I started painting a year and a half ago. I’m still an amateur, still figuring out who I am as a painter and what my voice is. But as a writer and now a painter, I find that these two artistic worlds of mine collide. I just sold my novel The Copenhagen Affair, which will be…

Nerves and jitters

Really, I thought I had this under control. It’s my sixth book release. I mean, this isn’t my first rodeo. Maybe this is why I didn’t recognize it. But yesterday when I snapped at everyone at home for the hundredth time I had to ask myself, “Why am I so miserable when I have no reason…

Happy New Year!

Every year I like to look back and see what the highlights were. It helps me to see what was important and what was not. Many things happened this year but as I made the infographic below I realized that my top 3 experiences – things I will remember for the rest of my life…

Advance praise for “A House for Happy Mothers”

2015 has shaped into a really awesome year. Professionally, I have never done better. In my day job I’m a marketing director for a medical device company. In my “all the time in my head” job I’m a writer and I’m so excited that “A House for Happy Mothers” is going to be published in…

The sixth time was harder

When I sold my first book in 2001, I felt as if I had climbed Mount Everest in my shorts. It was my first big accomplishment. I wrote a book and someone paid money to put a cover on it, print it and put it in book stores. I wrote a book and newspapers like…

Why I wrote “The Sound of Language”

Every language has a sound. Try hearing a language you don’t have any clue about and it has a sound. Some sound like music, others like stones rattling in a steel container and some others like the buzzing of bees. When I first moved to Denmark, that’s how Danish sounded to me, like the buzzing…