What do you create?
I write what some call “foodie rom coms” – short for food-themed romantic comedies. Other people have called it chick lit, lighthearted women’s fiction, and foodie lit. I just write the stories inside me and try not to label them.
Why do you create?
I like making something that can bring a smile to someone’s face, including my own. When I’m in a groove and write a scene that is working, it’s like a drug – I can’t get enough. But what’s even better is when someone else reads that scene and has a similar reaction. I recently received a message from a reader who was going through a difficult time in his personal life, and he said, “Thanks for making some tough times in my life much better.” If I can make even one person’s day a little brighter with something I’ve created, then I’ve created something worthwhile.
What do you consume?
Food. A lot of food. I’m always seeking out new restaurants, bakeries, and food shops, both in my own neighborhood and travel destinations. Food is how I access culture. Every time I visit a new city or country, I track down the local specialties, which inevitably helps me understand that culture, whether I’m in Tel Aviv or Boston.
I also read a lot of books (mostly novels, all genres) and watch a potentially unhealthy amount of TV. The storytelling on TV is so strong right now – The Good Wife, Homeland, The Affair – and I’m a sucker for a good story.