I am a fiction writer, writing instructor, essayist and book critic. I also love to cook, especially vegetarian food and cupcakes. I love to travel. My favorite season is summer. I have a son who just upgraded his age from "two and a half" to "two and three quarters," and who is proud of this fact even though it's hard for him to pronounce. I have two cats. I am a native San Franciscan, happy to be living once again in the city where I spent my childhood.