Welcome to Simplomacy

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About Me

My background

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I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My family moved just outside of New York City when I was ten years old. Thanks to a sixth grade teacher, I became interested in international relations and decided that I would become a  U.S. Foreign Service Officer. The family moved back to Wisconsin where I entered high school. That is when I vowed that I would go to Columbia University, and I did. After obtaining my Masters Degree in International Affairs and Southern Asian Studies, I joined the State Department. I served in Bombay, Mogadishu, Bangkok, Antananarivo, Calcutta, Geneva, Kigali, Nairobi, Abidjan and Djibouti before deciding I had enough of the bureaucracy. Now I write from my home just outside of Washington, DC. I will be teaching a writing course for Fairfax County Public Schools' Adult Continuing Education program beginnning in summer 2019. I hope to see some of you there!

My writing roots

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I always liked to write which was a good thing because I did a lot of it while working in the U.S. diplomatic service. Once I  decided to call it a day on my diplomatic career, I began to write fiction in earnest. I've based a number of my characters on persons who I met over the course of thirty plus years traveling around the world. There are, indeed, many characters out there

My style

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One of my writing mentors likes to say, "Your writing reflects who you read." My favorite writers run the gamut from Tolstoy to Greene to Forster to Rushdie. I love their complicated stories, but my goal is to write fiction that is accessible and fun.