About Me

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to write.

I penned my first “novel” when I was four years old, and titled it Charlie Walks the Beast after my father’s newly-published sci-fi novel, Softly Walks the Beast. When I was eleven, I pitched an article—an Opinion piece on what it meant to be environmentally aware to the local newspaper.

Since that debut in the Attleboro Sun Chronicle, my personal essays and photos have been featured in places like the New York Times Book Review and in “Why We Travel,” in travelgirl magazine and on Equitrekking.com. I’m also a freelance copywriter in the world of adventure travel, crafting materials for outfitters such as Austin Adventures and The Explorer’s Passage.

My first book, We Were the Lucky Ones, was inspired by a family reunion in 2000 that opened my eyes to the astounding, untold wartime stories of my grandfather, his parents and his siblings. In 2008, I set off to research and record this piece of my ancestry and a decade later, We Were the Lucky Ones was born. The book has been published in twenty languages and has landed in the hands of over a million readers–and has been adapted by Hulu as a limited series. It was a thrill and an honor to be a part of bringing my family’s story to life on a screen.

My second book, One Good Thing, is a historical novel set in Holocaust-era Italy. Told from the perspective of a young woman forced to trust her inner strength as she navigates a world turned upside-down, One Good Thing is a coming-of-age story of friendship and motherhood, romance and survival. I’m putting the finishing touches on it now; look for the book on shelves in early 2024.

When I’m not neck deep in revisions, giving book talks, helping with the Hulu project or dreaming up ideas for my next book, you can find me at home in Rowayton, Connecticut, or on the road in search of adventure with my husband and two boys and our Aussie Shepherd, Dash.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy perusing my site. I’d love to hear from you if you have any questions, or stories of your own to share.