A writer is someone who writes. That's me. Whatever happens, I have to try to get it down. A look, a conversation, a bird, a smell. Save it, save it. What starts me on a project is usually so changed in the final result that even I -- or maybe especially I -- could not tell you what it was. The books for children were probably efforts to recapture my own childhood. Then there were novels that seemed far from my own life, but perhaps explored paths not taken. There were articles for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Allure, Real Simple, and The New York Times Magazine, all of which tried to capture the music of what was happening. Now I am writing plays with my long-time friend, the acclaimed actress, Maria Tucci. We draw on her life, my life, and the life we've had together.
And meanwhile life goes on -- with Michael Tannen, my husband since 1965, in New York City. Our daughter Catherine is married to David Schink. They live in Chicago with their children Madeline and Emmett. Our son Noah is married to Shannon Orton and they live with their son Jonah in Seattle.