As Journalist/Copywriter: Authored hundreds of articles, columns and reviews for publications like Time Out, New York, Essence, Seventeen, The Daily News, Upstate House, Chile Pepper, Diaspora, American Gardener, Silent Sports, True Romance, Hudson Valley Parent, International Railway Traveler and Italian Journal of Wine and Food. As Publicity Specialist: Created publicity materials (including press releases, bios and promotional copy) for a wide variety of clients, including attorneys, artists, musicians, photographers, boutiques and Fortune 500 companies. As Technical Writer: Served as contributing publicist for two Prometheus Books projects, generating promotional materials and media presence; Editor/Copywriter for Madison Avenue Advertising’s Newcomer Guides for several Florida communities; and contributed restaurant reviews to Beau Geste Publishing’s Five Borough Brunch Book. As Freelance Writer/Editor/Proofreader The McGraw-Hill Companies: Communications Specialist, HR-One initiative; Content Writer, Work/Life handbook and supporting Web material; Team Writer, Corporate Achievement Awards, created CEO remarks, intranet, Web and print copy; Content Writer/Copywriter, BEAM (Black Employees at McGraw-Hill) and HR Highlights newsletters; compiled content for CEO briefing books, senior leader remarks, internal and external press releases and Web copy. 2007-2011 Tufts University: Proofreader/Copyeditor, Nutrition CRSP Briefing Papers; Volossal Publishing: Proofreader/Copy Editor/Ghostwriter, various projects.
“The El” and its sequel “The Bells of Brooklyn” chronicle the life and times of the Paradisos, a loud, loving Italian American family living in Borough Park in the 1930s and 1940s. Two well-crafted, gripping family sagas peppered with delicious food and memorable characters. “The El” introduces readers to Poppa and Grandma Bridget, the patriarch and matriarch, as well as their six grown children and their children. But all is not as idyllic as it seems as a stark drama quickly unfolds and a terrible secret is revealed.
“The Bells of Brooklyn” picks up ten years later, transporting readers to a simpler time, where family is everything, love has no limits and dreams sometimes do come true. A tale of rebirth, forgiveness, hope and redemption. “Different Drummer” follows the travails of female singing drummer Cara Funk (née Carol Finkelstein) as she desperately tries to “make it” in the 1970s music scene. Will Cara succeed, will she crash and burn or will she just fade away? Soon to be a musical for the stage.