I was born in Berkeley, California and raised in Orinda, CA, Columbo, Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) and New Delhi, India. My father's work with the Asia Foundation took us to Asia, and during these stays we explored as much of Asia as possible. To and from each country we toured Europe (airfare was cheap then) and visited every major museum and architectural landmark.
I grew up exposed to so much great literature, history, art and architecture that all remain very important in my life. I'm very much like my father that way. From age 10 I also shared his interest in film, and majored in film studies in college, with a solid focus on Film Noir. I'm an avid reader of books (primarily nonfiction), newspapers and magazines.
I've been writing professionally for close to 30 years now, mostly in advertising, marketing and public relations, but I've also written several articles and short stories. One of my erotic short stories was published anonymously (I was still married then) in an anthology. I also wrote a biography of German-born film director Robert Siodmak that was published by McFarland in 1998. It's no longer in print, but you can order used copies and read reviews and excerpts at Amazon.com.
I am divorced and have a son, Alexander (AKA Sasha), who is the most important person in my life. I have a smattering of French, German (thanks to my Siodmak research) and Russian (4 years in high school)--I can understand all three languages a lot better than I can speak them!
I am a lifelong, 4th generation liberal democrat with strong interests in politics, the international economy, and domestic and international affairs. I am currently doing marketing for a small private school. I've worked in the advertising, architecture, international consulting, legal services, software and nonprofit industries.
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